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Jim Mullin
Brian Horowitz
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Victor Barrenchea, Erik Bojnansky, Pamela
Robin Brandt, Terence Cantarella, Bill
Citara, Wendy Doscher-Smith, Kathy
Glasgow, Margaret Griffis, Jim W. Harper,
Lisa Hartman, Jen Karetnick, Jack King,
Derek McCann, Frank Rollason, Silvia Ros,
Jeff Shimonski
Marco Fernandez
Marc Ruehle
Wilmer Ametin
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Dade or Miami-Dade? You
Be the Judge
As much as I'm rankled by the
county's name change that Frank Rol-
lason wrote about T Ti\\i i ll History
for Shameless Pride," June 2009), if the
old adage about history being written by
the victor was held without exception,
then our county would have been called
Micanopy County, after the first Semi-
nole to fire his weapon at the Dade Battle
in 1835.
That was the shot that struck and
killed Maj. Francis Langhorne Dade. Of
course back then the Seminoles were on
the run, considered obstacles to progress.
They had no political clout, and hadn't
yet figured out how to get mega rich
through casino gambling.
We can only pray that if there is any
justice in this world, Alex Penelas, who
initiated the county name change from
Dade County to Miami-Dade County,
will go the way of Chief Micanopy -
unheralded and nearly forgotten.
In that same June issue, but on a
more earthy note, someone must have
had a lot of fun writing the photo cap-
tion for Jeff Shimonski's "Your Garden"
column headlined "Things You Can
Do With Palms." I know it will be a
while before I see "epiphytically and

terrestrially" in the same sentence again.
At least I hope so.
D.C. Copeland
Miami Beach

Transcontinental Mash
Kudos from a West Coast reader to
publisher/editor Jim Mullin and the Bis-
cayne Times staff. As mentioned in Jack
King's column "Miami's Media Muddle"
(June 2009), they are putting out a marvel-
ous monthly "clean-cut, hyper-local niche
newspaper-magazine hybrid" powerhouse!
My hopes are that the business com-
munity and readers will continue to sup-
port the BT, recognizing the gem that it is.
Pat Burke
San Diego, CA

Full-force Smackdown
Floors Discredited
Publishing Tycoon
I once thought Biscayne Times editor
and publisher Jim Mullin was a prin-
cipled, smart journalist. I don't anymore.
Jack King's commentary "Miami's
Media Muddle" in the BT should embar-
rass both Mullin and the writer. It calls
Miami New Times "a shadow of its
former self," says the staff is "down to

nothing," and asserts "the value of the
editorial content is even less."
This is utter garbage.
First because it is factually incorrect:
The editorial staff which by the way
is bigger than it has been in years has
won more awards than ever before in the
last two years. We took the Investigative
Reporters and Editors prize last year for the
best investigation in America after break-
ing news of the sex offenders living under
the Julia Tuttle Causeway. And we have
delivered more than 40 state and regional
awards, better than ever in our history.
What has the Biscayne Times won? Ever?
Second because the piece is ethically
challenged. Not only did it fail to men-
tion that after almost 20 years, Mullin left
New Times in disgrace after the suicide
of a local African-American politician.
But it didn't say that eight people listed
on the masthead as "contributors" have
received New Times paychecks. Perhaps
bitterness drove the comments. But how
would the reader know?
I guess Jack King forgot to call for
a response. He may not know better.
Mullin should.
Chuck Strouse, editor
Miami New Times

Continued on page 6


D irt & D ream s .... ............... ...... ...... ...... ...... ..... ..... ........... 1

Feedback: Letters .......................... ........ .. .. .... .......... ..4
M iami's King: Jack King ................................. .. ........ 10
W ord on the Street ................................. ....... ........ 12

B iz B u z z ............................................ ................... 8
A dvertiser D irectory .......................................... ................ 8

Kathy Glasgow: A Life Without Guard Gates ........................ 18
Frank Rollason: Opportunity in Adversity ................................20
Jen Karetnick: Never Too Late to Learn -- or Teach ..................22

Spray C an C confidential ........................................ ................. 24
School D azed in El Portal .....................................................24
North M iami's Great Divide ........................... .......... ....... 25
From Crude to Prude ...................................... ..... ............ 25

Brook Dorsch: It's Not Always About the Money ..................... 30
Art Listings .................... ................. ............... 32
Culture B riefs .... ............ .......... ...... ...... .... ........... ... 35

Greynolds Park: Where the Wild Things Still Are ................... 36

Kids and the City: Into the Vortex of Family .......................... 38
Pawsitively Pets: Why Do Dogs Bark? .......................................40
Your Garden: A nts and Plants .................................................. 43

B iscayne Crim e B eat ........................................ ................. 42

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Jen, Is There Anything
Left? Anything At All?
Ever since our friend with multiple
mango trees moved from Miami Shores,
we've been approaching summers with
mango lust and no way of satisfying it. If I
read Jen Karetnick's "Mango Mania" cor-
rectly (June 2009), and she's looking for
mango fans to cart off some of her excess
fruit, we'd like to volunteer to help out!
Wendy and Rich Wallace
Davis Harbor

Editor's note: Response came fast
and furious to Jen's call for local mango-
heads to pick tons of fruit that might
otherwise go to waste. Drop us line at
letters@biscaynetimes.com and we'll
respond with an update.

Open BT, Place Tongue
Firmly in Cheek, Savor
Wendy's Latest
I want to let you know how much I
enjoy reading Wendy Doscher-Smith's
articles each month. As a native of the
Binghamton, New York, area, I can relate
to her musings about living there.
Her laments about Binghamton's
dreary, cloudy weather and cold winters
are dead-on accurate, and it's fun to hear
mention of local references.
In "Changing Seasons It's a
Killer" (June 2009), her recounting of a
conversation with a waitress at breakfast
one morning did not paint the locals in
a very good light. However, I laughed,
partially out of embarrassment, as I have
shared Wendy's experience with the pre-
vailing mindset of the Binghamton area.
As a single person, I found Bingham-
ton to be a wonderful place to be from. In

spite of the recent massacre at the Ameri-
can Civic Association, Binghamton is a
wonderful, safe place to raise a family,
with good schools and a good quality of
life (except for the climate).
I look forward to future contribu-
tions from this writer and will read, with
"tongue-in-cheek" amusement, her accul-
turation into her new community.
Gerry Vergason
Miami Shores

Never See the Light of Day,
I read Wendy Doscher-Smith's
article on the American Civic Associa-
tion shooting ("Dark Skies, Cold Rain,
and Death," May 2009) from a link on
my Yahoo home page, which has a link
to Southern Tier news. I live in Titus-
ville, Florida, about three hours north of
Wendy's former home in Biscayne Park.
I'm sorry to see what's happened to the
Binghamton area, which I still call true
home. I grew up in Vestal for my first 24
years, and here for the next 24. I get back
once a year.
I wanted to applaud Wendy's sense
of the real, which is the way she de-
scribed the weather. I have always said
that we have as many bad days as you
have good. It's a depressing thought to
know that you won't see daylight from
November until May (usually). Prob-
lem is, the poor bastards who grow up
and never leave there don't know the
I could not function without a
healthy dose of rays. I do take it for
granted now, as Wendy probably did. Yes,
it's hot and muggy sometimes, but for my
money you can always get out of the heat,
as opposed to....
Enough about what she already
knows. She also described Vestal using
just one word Stepford and I can

see it, from an outside view. It used to
be much different without the clogging
near Rano Boulevard. I'll return there
when I retire, and will be glad for it,
weather and all. We'll split the time
between here and there.
I'm going to make my wife read
aloud your article and maybe, just maybe
you've described it in such a way as
she'll finally get what I mean when I say,
"Cold... gray... ugly".
I don't know how long Wendy's
been there, or how she found her way
there (I'd like to hear that one), but
the next time she passes into Vestal,
she should blot out the commercial
stretch of the parkway and make her
way south on Route 26, find the old
cemetery just before Vestal Center
up on the left, then make her way to
Gardner Road, turn right and get to
Tracey Creek Road, turn right and
pass by the two really old cemeteries
along Tracey Creek.
Wendy will have seen the real
Vestal quiet, old, settled. I make that
trip every time I'm home. She'll see that
Vestal is as quiet as any place you can
find. And on her way back she should
be sure to stop at the Vestal Bakery. The
absolute best pizza in the county, and I'll
pay if she disagrees.
Thanks again for the article. See you
later. I've got to close the blinds.
Michael McDonough

Gravy Train: A
Midwesterner Wonders
About Miami and Money
I recently relocated to Miami from the
Midwest. Erik Bojnansky's story "Gravy
Train" (May 2009), regarding City of
Miami employees who made more than
$200,000 last year, was not surprising.
However, I would like to know how

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many City of Miami employees are driv-
ing city vehicles?
We are renting in a Miami neigh-
borhood, and right by us there are two
neighbors who work for the city and
drive city vehicles. How much does
this cost the city annually in vehicle
maintenance and insurance? Is it really
necessary? Just wondering.
Carol Cottrell

Gravy Train: Just Wait,
Bigger Problems Lie Ahead
Congratulations to Erik Bojnansky on
"Gravy Train," a great piece of journalism.
Thank you for exposing the cronyism so
prevalent in the City of Miami. The even
bigger problem comes later, when these
employees retire and start collecting
defined-benefit pensions based on these
bloated salaries.
I'd like Erik to do a follow-up
about recent employees who have re-
tired on these inflated salaries and what
it is costing us in annual pensions for
such gross mismanagement.
James Sullivan

Gravy Train: The Common
Thread Unions
Has anyone else noticed the common
thread that seems to run through every
story about inflated salaries and wasteful
spending, whether it involves firefight-
ers, police officers, sanitation workers, or
auto industry employees?
They have gotten out of control.
Michael Murawski
Miami-Dade County

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ricane season, readers will be happy to
hear about MFS Roofing (888-283-6820
or www.mfsroofing.com), new to the
BT family but a company with 35 years'
experience dealing with South Florida
emergencies. In fact they have a 24-hour
hotline so experts can respond immedi-
ately, whether it's a major reroofing or
minor leak. Traditional tile and natural
slate; mod metal and fiberglass; cost-ef-
fective asphalt MFS has worked with

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Arco Glass & Windows
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Guarantee Floridian
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Power Marble
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Re: Design Studio
Architecture & Interiors
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Allstate Insurance
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Adam's Veterinary Clinic
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Smiling Pets
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Douglas Elliman
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Jeff Tomlinson Realty Group
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Miami Spaces
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Ruben Matz
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it all. The company also keeps up to date
on zoning, permitting, and homeowner
association requirements, and promises
"to get the job done right the first time, on
time and within budget, guaranteed."
Summer means cooking out, and not
just in the USA. At the Royal Bavarian
Schnitzelhaus (1085 79th St. Causeway;
305-754-8002) chef/owner Alex Richter
offers ribs, chicken, and various steaks
done the German way marinated in
dark beer before cooking on the biergar-
ten's outdoor grill as well as a more
unique treat:
our guide as you fisch, whole
sty treat, whip whitefish on
ie, or go wild at a a stick, subtly
al sale. smoked over
coals. The
savory fish
served with German potato salad, and
other BBQ specials, will be served
Friday-Sunday from 5:00 p.m.
Summer is ice cream season too,
and for those seeking to indulge without
the guilt, new advertiser Yogen Friiz is
now open (100 S. Biscayne Blvd., #109;
305-371-5117). The Canadian chain,
trendy since the mid-1980s, is particu-
larly known for its festive, customer-
controlled mix-in blends.
Belly dancing is a bonus every Sat-
urday night at the Lebanese eatery Bistro
82 (8201 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-403-2995),
but once each month owner Mona Issa
ups the ante with a kicked-up perfor-
mance. The special show July 25 will
feature live Arabic music plus a classical
belly dancer that Issa describes as "really

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Buena Vista Bistro
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Dunkin' Donuts
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Fish Corner
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555 NE 15th St 2nd Floor
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Metro Organic Bistro
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Mike's at Venetia
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One Sumo
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Pizza Fiore
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Red Light
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Royal Bavarian
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Soyka Restaurant
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something special."
Luxury real estate can be a hard
sell in this economy, but new advertiser
Nancy Batchelor, an associate of EWM
(305-903-2850), has a file full of thank-
you letters praising her for doing a great
job in a tough market. Recognized at
EWM's "Chairman's Club" level (the top
half of one percent of Realtors nation-
ally) for the past five years, Batchelor
is also a yachting enthusiast who loves
showing waterfront properties by boat.
During summer's "dog days," don't
forget the real dog. On July 4, the
Doggie Bag Caf6 at Smiling Pets (7310
Biscayne Blvd.; 305-710-7266) will be
initiating a self-service dog wash, offer-
ing all the tools for owners to clean up
their pets. And on July 11, proceeds from
the caf6's "Dog Days of Summer Yappy
Hour" will benefit Dachshund Rescue of
South Florida.
Finally, speaking of reality, actual
and virtual: Despite reports on sev-
eral Websites, the News Lounge at
55th Street Station has not changed
its name to Local 55. We'd definitely
chide the rumor-mongers for inac-
curacy were it not for our own wee
peccadillo last month. Um, you readers
who showed up at the Station expecting
to find a new shuttle to South Beach?
It's is actually a virtual trolley, a new
feature on the Station's Website (www.
the55thstreetstation.com). Sorry. Chalk
it up to too many of the Lounge's four-
buck happy hour cocktails.

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Always There With Us" is an exhibition of drawings and prints, which address the seemingly
contradictory ideas of oppression and inclusion.
Located in Buena Vista Building_180 N.E. 39th Street_Suite 210

Inside: BALLS IN THE AIR / Not Just Talking Heads
For one night only, Locust Projects is a Wet Heat Project documentary studio.
"BALLS IN THE AIR, Not just Talking Heads": Come and play your part, it's 60 seconds not
"60 Minutes." Make-up, green room, rushes... One art season is history, the next is what
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Locust Projects' courtyard area. Hedges' artwork borrows from primitive cooking methods,
in this case "Under Ground Pit Cooking," and the evolution of this method in contemporary
times. The union of these sources creates a dialogue between artistic expression, survival,
community and current state of humanity on local and global levels.
Located at Locust Projects_155 N.E. 38th Street_Suite 100
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to Emerging Artists from Latin America and Caribbean Diaspora. Working closely with young
artists within the community, Diaspora Vibe Gallery continues to reach into the community at
local, national, and international levels, seeking fresh new faces and expanded support.
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It's Summertime and You Know What That Means

SWhile you're in cool North Carolina, local politicos will be making hot deals

By Jack King
BT Contributor

It's July and the silly season (political
version) is fully upon us. This is the
time of year when our local politicians
believe that we are not only stupid, but
we're also out of town on vacation and
they can do anything they want because no
one is watching. For those of you not as old
as I am, that's what happened to Coconut
Grove in August 1925, when the City of
Miami held an election to annex the Grove.
No one was here to vote against it.
City politicos found this ploy so
successful that they've used it virtually
year since then to cut sweetheart deals
for themselves while sticking it to their
constituents, those morons.
This year looks to be no exception.
The operators of a Coconut Grove marina
that sits on city land decided several years
ago that they would like to have a four-
story office building right on the water. The
rationale was that they needed the space
for boat sales and executive offices. Forget
the fact that they already had about 10,000
square feet of empty office space.
The issue has been bouncing around
city hall for about two years now, morph-
ing with modifications to make it more
palatable, but it always seems to come
back looking like the thing it is: an office
building on city parkland overlooking
Biscayne Bay. The operators tried to
sneak it through again at the last com-
mission meeting in June. Thanks in no
small part to the effort of Commissioner
Marc Sarnoff, the issue now appears to
be dead, at least for the moment.
I guess the campaign contribu-
tions the operators made to the three

clowns Commissioners Joe Sanchez,
Angel Gonzalez, and Michelle Spence-
Jones didn't quite get the job done. Hey
guys, pony up more cash and try again!
* *
Most everyone in Florida knows that
Florida's Chief Financial Officer Alex
Sink is leading the Democratic field in
the run for governor. She is from Tampa
and is still trying to find her way around
South Florida politics. It really showed
last month when her team sent out invita-
tions to a fundraiser hosted by two of Mi-
ami's least reputable characters, Johnny
Winton and
Seth Gordon.
Winton went The Coconut Grov
a few rounds tried again to sn
with airport waterfront office
police, lost commission m
his job as a
Miami city
and pled out to lesser charges that didn't
include head-butting a cop.
The Sink campaign quickly removed
Winton from the host committee, but
kept Gordon. And then Gordon defended
Winton by telling the Herald: "So he
mouthed off to a cop. Tempers flared and
people misbehaved, but it was no high
crime and misdemeanors." I always find it
interesting when Gordon defends people,
usually his public-relations clients, for
their less-than-stellar behavior. He did
it again in late June when Sink booted
George Lindemann as co-chair of the very
same fundraiser. Lindemann, as reported
in the Herald, was convicted of insurance
fraud in 1996 after ordering the death of
a valuable horse. He was sentenced to 33
months in prison. "George doesn't deserve


to continue to be a punching bag," Gordon
told the Herald. In 2000 Gordon himself
was yanked from the campaign staff of
State Attorney Kathy Rundle after Miami-
Dade homicide detectives informed her
that Gordon remained a suspect in the 1975
murder of his first wife. (Gordon was never
charged and has denied any involvement in
the crime.)
Gordon heads up the PR firm of
Gordon Diaz-Balart and represents
heavy-hitter clients who want to pave
over all of Miami, and politicians who
can help them do it. Oh yeah, that Diaz-
Balart is Tia
marina operators wife of U.S.
ak through their Rep. Mario
heme at the last Diaz-Balart.
eting in June. Watch your
step, Alex.

U.S. Senate race is already generating
a lot of interest, at least among Repub-
licans. Marco Rubio, the Republican
version of a Christian Atilla the Hun, has
garnered some serious right-wing support
from the likes of Mike Huckabee and
South Carolina's Mark Sanford. (Let me
repeat the warning I gave to Alex Sink:
Watch your step, Marco.)
They know that Rubio already has
20 percent of the Republican primary
vote. Conventional election wisdom says
that would be a great base upon which to
start building. Unfortunately the other 80
percent of the party thinks he's a right-
wing nut job. And they're right.
So on the other side of the Re-
publican coin we have our wonderful
governor, Charlie Crist. He got elected

for tlhmcl\c'lves
primarily because he'd never been in-
dicted and has done nothing wrong. He's
done nothing right, either. As a matter of
fact, he's just done nothing, period. Crist
may be a really nice guy, but the cam-
paign, especially the primary, will expose
him as lightweight and Rubio as a nut
case. If the Democrats can get through
the process without a self-inflicted gun-
shot wound, Florida will then have two
Democratic senators, although I often
wonder about Bill Nelson.
* *
As a write this I'm in Chicago on a
beautiful summer day. Yesterday I went to a
White Sox game (the Cubs are out of town)
because I believe that baseball should be
played outside and during the day. On the
way to the stadium, I got a tour of McCor-
mick Place, Chicago's convention facility.
The operation is 2.6 million square feet
and hosts more than 3 million visitors each
year. And when I say 3 million, I mean
3 million who are actually registered to
attend the conventions, not bogus estimates
that come out of the Greater Miami Visitors
and Convention Bureau. This place actu-
ally works.
My friend here says all of Chicago
loves the convention business because it
really does generate jobs and keeps the
restaurant business (and others) busy all
year. It's such a simple concept: Build
something that will actually bring visitors
to your area and let them spend money.
If we would build a convention facility
like Chicago's, we could really generate
enough money to pay for the Marlin's
stadium. Somehow I think we are going
about this backwards.

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Hurricane season is here. Are you worried?

Fernan Hernandez
Of course I'm always
nervous. I just hope that
whatever comes isn't as
bad as what came before. I
haven't done anything to
prepare. I have shutters on
my home, that's basically
all you can do besides
[stock] food and water. In
the past three years, noth-
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but the weather's been
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Monica d'Achon
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No. If we are prepared,
there are no worries. We
have water, flashlights,
candles, our windows are
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they don't fall over or get
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know where we have to
go if we have to evacuate.
There's always enough of
a warning.

George Cohen
Miami Shores
I worry every year, mostly
for the business. I prepare. I
check my roof, I check my
shutters. Every year I check.
Last year when they said
something was coming, we
put up the shutters and left
them up all season. I think
people in Florida are mostly
prepared. They have the
main, basic things: shutters,
generators. It's something
we have to live with every
year. All those little things
should be taken care of
before June.

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I'm not really prepared.
I know it's going to be
crazy this year. Last year
we barely had any storms.
It's been a few years since
we've been hit. I feel
like this is the year. I'm
expecting something like
2005 when we had Katrina
and Wilma. After last year,
which was so calm, we're
due for it.

Ann Mason
North Miami
I'm not worried. I live in a
condo and I feel secure in
an apartment as opposed
to a freestanding house.
The wind can't blow it
down. Plus I'm inland and
I'm on the second floor. I
make sure I have water,
batteries, candles, ice. As
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hurricanes comes when we
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when it's something to
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the area couldn't have been more prom-
ising. Edgewater extends from roughly
NE 15th Street to the Julia Tuttle
Causeway, and from Biscayne Bay to
NE 2nd Avenue precious bayfront
property central to every major destina-
tion in the county.
But in another sense, the transforma-
tional dreams made little sense. Edge-
water was one of Miami's poorest areas.
Its streets were narrow, some of them so
narrow two-way traffic was impossible.
Public transportation for thousands of
new residents was woefully inadequate.
Infrastructure fundamentals like water
mains, sewers, and storm-water runoff
systems were old and crumbling.
None of that dampened the aspira-
tions of developers who envisioned
towering condos with alluring names
like Onyx, Ice, Quantum, Blue, Aria.
Advertising campaigns promised an
urbane, sophisticated lifestyle filled with
gorgeous people, classy restaurants, and
tree-shaded promenades.
But the gentrification of this work-
ing-class, predominately Caribbean

and Latino community, once known as
Miami's first suburb and dotted with wa-
terfront mansions and quaint bungalows,
never materialized. The grandiose fantasy
was vaporized by the collapse of the real
estate market. Today the neighborhood
is a patchwork of half-filled condos, a
handful of up-and-coming shops and
restaurants rubbing elbows with aging,
down-market businesses and many,
many vacant lots.
Many millions of dollars' worth
of dirt now lies fallow, from oversized
parcels whose owners abandoned major
development plans to a smattering of
mini lots popular for illegal dumping.
Depending on how you count them, there

A marina at the 28th Street in
could also be a pick-up point fc
water taxi that shuttles resident
the Upper Eastside, downtown
and Coconut Grove.

are somewhere around 50 vacant lots in
Edgewater. Some are fenced; most are
not. All of them, however, have potential,
and they invite creative thinking about

that potential. They are an imagineer's
equivalent of the painter's blank canvas.
As a resident of Edgewater, I've
done my share of daydreaming about
what might become of all these vacant
lots. And now, thanks to the power vested
in me by Biscayne Times as its Real
Estate Potentate, I can wave my wand
and make dreams come true, at least
figuratively. I carefully surveyed my
neighborhood, consulted with everyone
from civic activists to urban planners,
and conjured some solutions.

1776 Biscayne Blvd.
Having sat vacant since a developer
in Houston shelled out $5.6 mil-
lion for it back in 1996, this
let is one of the few lots where I
)r a don't have a mere suggestion,
:s to but rather a Draconian decree.
n, This must become a high-
end grocery store and at
83,000 square feet it can. Most
neighborhood residents are all
too aware that Publix and Price Chopper
leave a lot to be desired. (Note to Miami
Shores readers: Our Publix is ia. -ri,,
like yours.) A Publix GreenWise market

- or better yet a Whole Foods would
offer an attractive alternative for healthy
eaters, luring foodies from the luxury
condos on Bayshore Drive all the way up
to NE 36th Street. A neighborhood that
eats well lives well.

421 NE 22nd St.; 418-446 NE 22nd Terr;
413 NE 23rdSt.; 513 NE 23rdSt.; 601 NE
23rd St.; 516NE 26th Terr; and more
Some of these parcels, like 513 NE
23rd St., are already prepped for develop-
ment; others are the home of ill-fated proj-
ects like Loft 26, down the road at 516 NE
26th Terr. Together they are worth millions.
These and similar lots are ideal places
for novel solutions to multifamily hous-
ing, such as low-rise "Mat Buildings." A
concept that traces back to Le Corbusier's
Venice Hospital design, Mat Building is
a style of interconnected, modular archi-
tecture in which living units are linked by
communal courtyards (similar to Moroccan
housing). Coupled with a wider range of
unit prices, the Mat style would encourage
resident interaction something Edge-
water's diverse population needs. From a

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planning standpoint, the effect of mixing
income levels in close proximity tends to
benefit an area more than isolating people
into groups.
Two large lots, one of them wa-
terfront, at the foot of NE 32nd Street
would be ideal for mixed housing, and
would be especially attractive by virtue
of their proximity to a major commu-
nity park just to the south. (See GREEN
DREAMS below.)

The NE 28th Street Inlet
Public Marina: At the dead-end of
NE 28th Street a developer from Aven-
tura owns both the north and south lots,
while another owns the waterfront lots
on the north side of NE 27th St. The rest
of the vacant space around the inlet is
owned by the City of Miami. With only
three major stakeholders one being
the city, which could provide financial in-
centives for the private owners there's
both the space and means to create a
modest public marina. Rental slips, a bait

a real reason to visit the waterfront.
Water Taxi: A marina could also
be a pick-up point for a water taxi that
shuttles residents to the Upper Eastside,
downtown, and Coconut Grove. This
idea was the subject of a design class
taught at the University of Miami by

A few movie screens, some unic
concessions, and a combination
independent and mainstream rele
and people would line up, guarani

architect Ricardo Lopez. "The bay is
Miami's greatest physical asset," says
Lopez. "The Biscayne Water Trolley
would offer solutions to a number of
issues: more transit options, reducing
future congestion, enhancing parks,
increasing property values, and more."
One of Lopez's students designed a
water-taxi station at the end of NE 20th
Street that included docks and a fish

market, essentially extending Margaret
Pace Park north into the bay and creat-
ing brand-new reasons for residents to
patronize the area.
Kayak and Canoe Launch: While
we're at it, let's create an offshoot of
the marina on the vacant parcel six
blocks north (640 NE 34th
St.) by offering a launch
lue ramp for man-powered
Iof watercraft. Set up a rustic,
cases, open-air kiosk that rents
canoes and kayaks (and
sells kites!), and also leases
storage space for privately
owned paddle boats, and
soon residents will be flocking to
check out the spoil island east of NE
22nd Street, take off on Biscayne Bay
adventures, or just laze away a few
hours on the water in the sunshine.

Edgewater has a couple nice green
spaces, but that's about it. There
is, of course, the one major park

- Margaret Pace Park, behind Cit6.
Then there's Martell Park, a diminu-
tive pocket of green for humans and
dogs behind Blue Condominium on
NE 36th Street. Otherwise the neigh-
borhood is one big concrete jungle.
We need much more green space, and
all the shade we can get.
Richard Strell, head of the Neigh-
borhood of Edgewater Association of
Residents (NEAR), believes that green
spaces can soon be created on the
cheap: "Even more lots may become
available in the coming years for pur-
chase from the county due to unpaid
property taxes. If empty lots like these
are for sale at bargain-basement prices,
the city could purchase them for both
mini and full-size parks."

Major Community Park
Waterfront lot between NE 30th Ter-
race and NE 31st Street

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Bayfront Benefits: The inlet at NE 28th Street will become a full-service marina, plus cafd.

Reel Potential: A state-of-the-art independent cinema will fit nicely on
this lot at 345 NE 32nd Street.

UM student Priscilla Wood envisioned a marina complex just north of
Margaret Pace Park.

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Continued from page 15

This perfect, three-acre lot of prime
waterfront real estate was once home to
Bayfront Manor, a sprawling, horseshoe-
shaped apartment complex popular with
young professionals, especially journalists
(for some reason). In 1991 it was purchased
for just $2 million. Last year it was valued
at more than $27 million! For 18 years the
New York-based owners have been biding
their time, but in the meantime it would
make for a spectacular park. Just as Marga-
ret Pace Park spawned a whole network of
valuable development around it, residential
and commercial interests within the radius
around this park and the marina complex a
few blocks south would thrive.
Horticultural Park
246 NE 26th Terr.
At just under an acre, this shady slice
of green on the west side of Biscayne Bou-
levard was picked up in 2001 by a Brickell
developer for $2.1 million. But there's
been no move to develop since, so we're
thinking it would make a great horticultural
park. With a little help from the city and the
BT's resident plant and park experts, Jeff

Shimonski and Jim W. Harper, this could
become a mini-Eden of exotic plants not
to mention a reason to step out and meet
the neighbors. Also throw in some public
WiFi to lure the laptop crowd.

Community gardens a great so
of fresh food, a reason to get out
neighbors, and more eyes on our st
Sounds like a recipe for success

Bark Parks and Mini Parks
2300 Biscayne Blvd.; 411 NE 24th
St.; 325 NE 26th St.; 330 NE 27th St.;
3200 Biscayne Blvd.
A few benches, some shade trees,
and doo-doo bags are all these plots need
to come alive as off-leash dog parks and
neighborhood mini parks.

345 NE 32nd St.
Edgewater residents who want to
catch a movie must trek to Miami Beach,
Aventura, or Coconut Grove and frankly

we're sick of it. Site of the unrealized,
33-story Park Lane Tower, this 1.4-acre lot
across the street from Walgreens would be
perfect for a boutique theater like the one
planned for the Design District's outdoor
Living Room site, which never
happened. It could even have
urce a stage and double as a theater
for drama. The Miami Beach-
based owner of the property
has been paying hefty taxes on
;s. the $1.8 million lot for more
than 20 years. A few screens,
some unique concessions, and a
combination of independent and
mainstream releases, and people would line
up, guaranteed. You'd also see clusters of
restaurants and bars pop up around it.

1701 NE 4th Ave.
This is one idea I can't take credit
for, because it's already in progress.
The Sonesta Mikado Hotel Miami, one
block west of Margaret Pace Park and
Biscayne Bay, broke ground last month.
The latest project from Florida East
Coast Realty tycoon Tibor Hollo, this
252-room mixed-use hotel will also

have 119 residences. An upscale restau-
rant, pool bar and grill, 45,000 square
feet of office space, a fitness center
and destination spa, and a 12th-floor
pool deck are also in store not to
mention 500 construction jobs over
the next 22 months and more than 200
permanent positions.

I sat down with Nikolay Nedev, a
partner in the architecture firm NC-
office, to get additional urban planning
insights. Like UM's Ricardo Lopez,
Nedev was trained to zoom out and
consider an area's overall potential.
Some of his low-impact solutions to
Edgewater's street layout (very long
blocks with dead ends) include carving
north-south alleyways east of Biscayne.
This would make it much easier for
residents to walk from one block to
another, which would encourage social
interaction. Grander visions include a
new north-south street along Biscayne
Bay sort of like Ocean Drive built
out over the bay and connecting all

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those dead-end streets. "Once those
streets are extended, you could create
artificial islands built into the bay with
a loop road, similar to the Venetian
Islands but very close to land," says
Nedev. "This would create small lakes
or large pools between the land and the
newly formed islands."
This is probably the best and most
unlikely thing that could ever happen
to Edgewater.

Nedev and Lopez both recom-
mend as much commercial density as
possible. There are plenty of residen-
tial mixed-use projects, but dedicated
retail and commercial areas allow
people to work and play in Edgewater
- not just live in it. There are many
promising parcels: Several blocks of
vacant land on either side of NE 18th
Street and Biscayne Boulevard, and
east toward NE 4th Avenue, as well
as tracts at 2655, 2701, and 2990
Biscayne Blvd. These and other plots

could support a variety of offices,
stores, and businesses to support resi-
dents working and walking in
the neighborhood.

Community Gardens
Beyond bark and mini parks, activ-
ist Richard Strell has another vision for
smaller vacant lots: community gar-
dens. "They could be farmed by local
residents, nonprofits, schools, inmates
in for minor crimes, and so forth," says
Strell. "They already do this in other

cities, and the gardens could be struc-
tured so the development rights of the
owner are not threatened when they're
ready to build." A great source of fresh
food, a reason to get out and commune
with neighbors, and more eyes on our
streets? Sounds like a recipe for suc-
cess. I found 11 parcels, none of which
fall in the shadow of a high-rise, that
would work well. There may be more.
This simple but brilliant idea is, as they
say, shovel-ready.

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A Life Without Guard Gates

By Kathy Glasgow
BT Contributor

school is out, hurricane season is
back, and after a year of peace and
quiet, the sounds of violence are re-
turning to our hood. About once a week,
usually around midnight, a fat burst of
gunfire goes off, sounding like it's right
in our front yard. It stops after 15 sec-
onds or so, then a breathless pause, and
sometimes we'll hear a car drive off and
sometimes we won't. The dogs resume
their barking; soon another helicopter
makes its shuddering sweep overhead.
After more than three years in Lib-
erty City, I've come to recognize the im-
mutable cycles of life here. Everything
comes back. There are always babies
to replace the old-too-early children to
replace the dead and imprisoned adults.
One family moved out of the rental
house next door, a new family moved in,
and suddenly we began to find wads of
dirty diapers tossed into our yard. (My

husband, usually calm when disgusted,
was livid, growling, "You don't even
see this in Cuba!") We walked over and
asked them to stop, and they did.
Next door to that family sits a little
lopsided wood-frame house, long ago
painted sky blue. Several mornings I've
seen different men picking their way to

the street through tall weeds on either
side of the house, still closing their
pants. In front of the house, almost in the
roadway, a dark blue T-shirt hangs on a
makeshift wooden cross. The beautiful
defiant face of a young black man adorns
the shirt. Another neighborhood dope
boy shot to death last month.

I've noticed that when violent death
touches the people on my block, they
don't mourn loudly. Last time a kid died,
a black spray-painted RIP appeared on
what serves as a sidewalk in front of our
house. It freaked us out until the mother
of two of the boys who did it explained
that our sidewalk was just the clearest
space they could find. Everybody seems
to get quiet after someone dies, but now I
know they're just regrouping, waiting to
strike back. No one would consider let-
ting vengeance belong only to the police,
or even God.
The revolving seasons in my neigh-
borhood are linked less to the weather
and more to the revolving prison and
jail populations. So the wannabe thugs
who were taken off the street last year
and the year before have been coming
back home all grown up into real thugs.
It looks as though they're beginning
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enough to where law enforcement agen-
cies pay attention and start arresting
again. Regardless, I know mass arrests
aren't going to change the character of
this hood any more than the decked-out
churchgoers down the block at Razor
Sharp Ministries.
You never know what will wake
you up at night or what you'll find
when you go out to get the paper in
the morning. You're always hoping the
pops are fireworks and not gunshots.
The uncertainty and insecurity weigh
on you. Finally I decided to give up
and get out of our house and our neigh-
borhood. Several months ago I figured
our only options were to short sell our
house or give it back to the bank. I
spoke with a real estate agent who as-
sured me he could get rid of our house,
no problem, for a third of what we paid
for it. My husband was less willing
to give up. He has lived in a baseball
stadium in Havana, has been shot and
stabbed, and spent five years in the
Combinado del Este prison. That's not

to say he doesn't appreciate the haz-
ards of life in Liberty City, but he is
slightly more tolerant. Nevertheless he
agreed to go along with a short sale.
After I decided to get the hell out of
the ghetto, I continued to frequent areas
where I felt less foreign, such as the Bis-
cayne Corridor and the Design District.
Neighborhoods reborn from inner-city
decay, some enclaved by barricades
and guardhouses. Teeming with beauti-
ful, creative, successful people with the
means and the aesthetic will to create
their environment in their own image.
Then I would have to drive home to
Liberty City. I've always been depressed
by NW 79th Street. To me, it's one of the
ugliest stretches of real estate anywhere.
(Last I heard, there exists some kind of
79th Street improvement association that
I keep telling myself to contact.)
Anyway, during the past few months,
I began to get over the shock of switch-
ing from paradise to hell, the sudden
descent from society's penthouse to its
back porch. I started to like the back
porch. You may be slouched over sweat-
ing and swatting mosquitoes, but you're
just a few steps away when the musical

ice cream truck comes by. You don't
get the penthouse view and you aren't
protected by barricades or civility; you
have to engage with whatever's out there.
When I thought about it, I decided this
was an acceptable way to live.
It's actually what I and millions of
middle-class Americans have been pro-
grammed to avoid. We have grown up
prizing requiring security, privacy,
self-determination. In recent decades
other values have become equal impera-
tives, such as self-expression, self-devel-
opment, environmental protection. The
trouble is, fulfilling one's human poten-
tial and controlling one's environment
have become so costly that only the elite
can afford them. They're the people who
can move to a city or a neighborhood
because they like it, not because they can
get a job there. Sandra Tsing Loh calls
them the creative class. At about the
time I was beginning to rethink life in
Liberty City, I read a beautiful piece she
wrote for the March 2009 issue of The
Atlantic Monthly, "Class Dismissed."
What struck so close to home in
Tsing Loh's essay was her discus-
sion of the hip, progressive, expensive

communities that have evolved across
the U.S. over the past 30 years. Luxury
towns like Seattle, San Francisco, Austin.
Bigger but with many similarities to the
Biscayne Corridor.
Where these metro areas develop,
Tsing Loh and her sources assert, proper-
ty values increase at far higher rates than
in less desirable cities; levels of educa-
tion also go way up, while racial, ethnic,
and philosophical diversity decline. "The
age of narcissistic creative-class strivers
has brought this country cool new neigh-
borhoods and an infinitely better selec-
tion of coffees and greens, but it has also
brought shameful social stratification
and a consumer binge that our children's
children may well be paying off," Tsing
Loh concludes.
I can't judge how directly this applies
to Miami, but it rings true to me. I'd
still rather live in a seventh-floor condo
with a view of Biscayne Bay than in
our bullet-pocked bungalow to the west.
Who wouldn't? For at least the next few
years, though, I've decided to relish the
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By Frank Rollason
BT Contributor

It's budget time for local governments,
and the pressure is on like never
before. The county's newly elected
property appraiser has already sounded
the alarm, delivering the "bad news" to
municipal leaders that the assessed value
of real estate has dropped significantly.
That will have a negative impact on
governmental coffers. The leaders have
only two choices they can raise their
millage rate or cut their budgets.
The millage is the rate at which we are
taxed on our real property, and it is set by
our local elected officials. Right now in
the City of Miami, we have a millage rate
of 8.25, which means that we pay $8.25
for every $1000 of assessed value. So if
the value of your home is currently set at
$400,000, you multiply the millage rate
(8.25) times 400 (the number of thousands
at which your home was valued), resulting
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Now, let's say your assessed value
has dropped 20 percent to $320,000
and the millage rate remains the same.
Your new City of Miami taxes would be
$2640 a reduction of $660. How-
ever, here comes the rub. If the current

millage rate is maintained, the available
property taxes to the city government
will drop by the same 20 percent. You
can see the dilemma facing our elected
officials. They must either raise the mill-
age to make up the difference, cut the
budget by the amount of lost tax revenue,
or enact some combination of the two.
No elected official wants to sit in the
"raise taxes" hot seat.

Before commissioners finalize the
budget, they must first set the maximum
millage rate for the coming year. They
can lower it at the final hour, but once
set, they cannot raise it. So to hedge their
bets, they will almost surely raise the
millage rate to a level that will produce
enough revenue to run the city based
on projected new property assessments.
Therefore it is our elected city commis-
sioners and no one else who ultimately
determine what our taxes will be.
The commissioners and the mayor set
the tone for what kind of budget the city
administration will propose. For instance,
if the commission were to pass a resolu-
tion directing the city manager to present a
budget requiring no millage increase, the
administration would have clear marching
orders to develop a budget significantly
reduced from last year.
Such a directive would, in turn, elicit
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services will most certainly have to be
cut, usually through staff layoffs. This is
known as the "sky is falling" scenario. All
the doom-and-gloom predictions are de-
livered to the elected officials with a basic
message: "Sure, we can cut the budget, but
you commissioners will be responsible for
cutting those services your constituents
now enjoy, from police and fire protec-
tion to trash pickup, parks programs, road
maintenance, and much more."
You can imagine the commission-
ers squirming, then posturing, as they
prepare us for the inevitable.
We taxpayers recognize the reali-
ties facing us and that something has
to give. First, our basic services (police,
fire, solid waste) are not going to be
cut that would be political suicide. We
will probably end up with a hybrid of the
two options, some cuts and some millage
increase, with the hope that property
values will come rise over the next few
years and the millage can be lowered.
The main issue to be addressed is how
we got into this position. Governments

have a tendency to grow in size and
expenditures, consuming greater and
greater amounts of money until the squeal
factor kicks in that's the point at which
taxpayers start raising hell. When times
are good and residents are sharing in a
booming economy, it's easier to spend
more without sparking complaints.
It's been relatively painless for our
elected officials over the past few years
because the cash flow has increased
as a result of property values rising at
an unprecedented rate. The assessed
values have increased so much, in fact,
that Miami commissioners have been
able to lower the millage side of the
tax equation while revenues actually
increased. Though they boast that
they've lowered our taxes, they really
have not. They've just lowered the rate
at which taxes are calculated. Today,
however, the "cheese is binding," as
they say, and something must change. I
suggest the following actions be taken
by our elected officials:
Keep the millage exactly where it
is right now. Because that will mean a
drop in revenue, the stage will be set for
meaningful budget cuts.

Direct the city manager to
develop a "zero-based budget" (ZBB)
instead of the "line-item budget" cur-
rently employed. A ZBB process re-
quires city departments to begin with
zero dollars and build up their pro-
posed budgets from there, starting with
required or mandated expenses (union
contracts, service contracts, fees, and
so on), and working their way toward
the end product. This method quickly
and clearly identifies discretionary
expenditures that can be eliminated -
just as you and I do every day, depend-
ing upon our available cash.
The line-item-budget process allows
departments to begin planning where
they left off the previous year and make
adjustments, usually by implementing
five-percent or ten-percent reductions.
The "damaging results" of those cuts
(the doom-and-gloom scenario) are then
presented to the commission by the city
manager. Keep in mind that roughly 80
percent of Miami's budget is consumed
by salaries and fringe benefits. Signifi-
cant cuts are simply not possible with-
out impacting employees. By utilizing
the ZBB process, the impact on the

employees will be greatly reduced as
unnecessary programs and expenditures
are ferreted out.
Eliminate all departments and
offices not specifically called for in
the city charter. It's time to get back to
basics, and there is no better way to trim
the fat than to eliminate those functions
not dictated by the voters of the city. If a
function is truly necessary for the health,
safety, and welfare of the residents, just
place it before the voters and have it
approved and made a mandate of the
charter plain and simple.
It's also time for our elected officials
to bring the mission of the municipal
government into focus. The pending
budget crisis should be viewed as an
overdue opportunity to get the city back
on track providing the basic services
for which it was formed, building up
reserves for lean times, and making
this community an affordable place in
which to live, work, raise a family, and
retire without the constant fear of being
pushed out because of taxes that are out
of control.

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By Jen Karetnick
BT Contributor

I hadn't meant to take the poetry
class. What I really wanted to do,
as a Tufts University junior, was
enroll in the fiction-writing course.
But by the time my number was
called for course selection, all the
short-story workshops were filled. So
I settled for Poetry Writing 101, and
watched the rest of my life begin.
I'm not being too dramatic when
I say that my instructor, Deborah
Digges, a poet who, at that time, had
one well-received book to her credit,
changed the direction of my future. I
penned complete drivel for the first
half of the semester, poems too bad to
present for criticism.
Soon I had to pull an all-nighter
to study for a midterm in a class I'd
barely attended, and I also was sup-
posed to turn in a poem. Sometime
between 4:00 and 7:00 a.m., I must

have accessed my subconscious in a type
of narcoleptic trance and wrote the first
true poem of my life, a piece about a
friend battling an eating disorder that my
peers said was so good it could "stand
up and walk out of the room." Deborah
agreed, called me into her office, and
told me I had made a breakthrough. I
was what she called a "real" poet.

I don't remember what course I
was studying for or what I got on my
midterm, but with regard to poetry, I re-
member every detail of that week in my
life. The impact it had on me was beyond
significant. I was bewildered because
I didn't know where that poem and its
language had come from. But I was also
elated. Writing that poem, I had been

on a high, and like any addict, I wanted
to experience that feeling again. Right
away, if possible.
From that moment on, with Debo-
rah's encouragement, I considered
myself a writer, destined to go straight
from college into a prestigious master's
program which may seem more
common now, but back in 1990 was
unheard of, at least to my stockbroker
father. When I was accepted into the
University of California, Irvine (at that
time, ranked number two in the nation
for poetry master's degree programs),
I received financial aid in the form of
a teaching assistantship and moving
expenses. And still my dad couldn't help
but ask if I wanted to move to New York
City instead, like many of my suburban
peers, and enter the field of finance.
Rather than scream "Hell, no!" I politely
thanked him and went on to take the next
steps on what I considered to be my life path.

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I've never regretted it, though nearly
20 years and several books in a variety
of fields later, I am making roughly the
same annual income I did in the first few
years after I graduated from UCI and
moved to Miami. Actually, less.
Though I led adjunct workshops at
local colleges and spent a year at a pri-
vate school teaching English, I never
really used that degree, and a second
master's degree in fiction that I took
from University of Miami a few years
later, in the spirit they were intended.
They're designed to give writers a
profession in short, teaching so
they can have holidays and summers
in which to pursue their own craft. I've
been lucky enough to find steady work
as a writer, but I've missed out on
sharing an academic community, being
around other poets and fiction writers,
going to readings and being inspired
by them. I've missed inspiring fledg-
ling writers myself, showing them the
metaphoric light that Deborah Digges
revealed to me. And I believe, as a

result, I've produced less creative work
than I might have.
I'd only very recently been contem-
plating this, along with the reduction of
markets for my travel and food articles,
when an acquaintance at Miami Country
Day School stopped me on my way to
pick up my kids. "Have you heard about
the new charter school?" she asked. I
hadn't. She explained that Miami Arts
Charter, a new public school that would
occupy the former Biscayne Boulevard
headquarters of WPLG-TV (Channel 10),
would emphasize music, dance, art, pho-
tography, acting, and creative writing.
Knowing my daughter was into the arts,
she thought maybe I'd like to send her.
"Are you kidding?" I joked. "I'll probably
apply myself."
As a teen flutist who attended New
England Music Camp in the summers, I
would have adored the opportunity to go
to a middle or high school like Miami
Arts. But because, darn it, you can't go
backward in time, I decided I should
apply to teach creative writing there. I
sent in my application that very night,
April 9. Alfredo de la Rosa, the director,
called me the next morning, and now I'm

looking forward to teaching poetry and
fiction workshops for grades 6-12 for the
2009-10 school year.
This is going to be challenging. I'm
not planning on giving up any of my
writing for consumer publications not
this column nor my dining criticism for
Miami Monthly magazine. I also have
book contracts to fulfill (I'm currently
writing one about brisket with my sister,
and co-authoring former Miami chef
Carmen Gonazalez's book on Puerto
Rican cuisine). But Miami Arts wouldn't
have it any other way. Like a university,
they only want working professionals as
It's going to be a challenge for me
emotionally, too. On the same evening
I sent my r6sum6, April 9, or perhaps
the next morning, my mentor Deborah
Digges drove from where she was teach-
ing at Tufts University to Amherst. Per-
haps she was speculating on her life, her
two failed marriages one to a pilot,
one to a renowned poet and her third
to a fellow Tufts professor which ended
prematurely when he died from cancer
only a couple of years into their relation-
ship. Perhaps she was musing about her

first son, whom she rescued from Boston
gangs and drugs. I speculate here be-
cause I only know what was reported in
the papers that she was found dead on
April 10 outside the university football
stadium. The police investigated, and the
official conclusion was that she jumped,
an apparent suicide.
Deborah's fourth book of poetry
appears this fall, and she left behind a
half-finished autobiography. It would
seem she had some things literary to live
for, in addition to a grandson. But it's
useless to posit. She was a lovely and tal-
ented poet and memoirist, and I imagine
that all her students, past and present,
whether poets or teachers or lawyers or
computer programmers, feel the same
sense of loss I do.
I don't have the conceit to believe she
passed on some kind of mystical baton to
me by the coincidence of her death and
my career decision. But if I can give just
one promising young person what she
gave me, then I'll know it was a worth-
while choice.

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revealing commentary in untranslated
street lingo from our home-grown

1492 by Miami artists BANE, SEGE, CROM, FIVE, DASK, and PRISCO.

taggers, bombers, artists, and vandals.
There's a lot to be learned about Mi-
ami's unique urban culture between the
covers of Miami G ii,,tr, from the bold
and beautiful to the ugly and dangerous.
For instance, there's a fascinating dy-
namic between the legal or "permission"
walls elaborate works that are either
commissioned by an owner or painted on

abandoned sites and illegal tagging,
done quickly and on the sly at night.
Another aspect peculiar to the Miami
scene is the concentration on abandoned
locations, called "penits" short, we
are told from graffiti artist FREEK, for
"penitentiary." An old penitentiary was
reportedly the first unoccupied place to be
discovered and plastered with graffiti art


in Miami-Dade. Hence much of Miami's
most intricate graffiti is hidden from public
view in places like the interior walls of
an old factory in Hialeah and the Miami
Marine Stadium on Virginia Key.
The striking, wild color schemes are
also unique to Miami. It's not unexpected

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School Dazed in El Portal

Church wants to sell, charter wants to build, neighbors want none of it

By Rob Jordan
Special to BT

El Portal is the kind of place where

roof repairs and garage altera-
tions often top the agenda at the
planning and zoning board's bi-monthly
meetings at Village Hall. But an April
hearing before the board was something
all together different. Several angry
and at times perplexed residents spoke
adamantly against a proposal for the vil-
lage. They warned it would bring heavy
traffic, litter, crime, "drug dealers all
around," and even s\u.al deviance." It


would amount to an "invasion," in one
resident's words.
The target of their ire? A plan by MG3
Developer Group of Hollywood to expand
the Rader United Methodist Church
property at the comer of NE 2nd Avenue
and 87th Street. The vacant 58-year-old
church would become a 50-classroom
charter school with up to 1000 students.
Imagine Schools, a nonprofit organization,
would run the school. The developers were
requesting a zoning variance in order to go
forward with the expansion plans.
"It would change the character of the
town," said Courtney Kirk, who lives

three doors down from the church. Kirk
argued that, at 54,000 square feet includ-
ing the original building, the school
would be out of scale with the residential
Ken Hector, whose house is next door
to the church, worried about trees lost
to construction and having an expansive
parking lot for a backyard view.
Resident Deborah Tomkinson read
from a lengthy letter to the board warn-
ing of "catastrophic change."
Members of the planning and zoning
board, who double as members of the
village council, seemed as puzzled as

the residents. Occasionally interrupted
by peacock mating calls piercing the
night air outside, they asked whether the
hearing was for a variance or site-plan
approval. The answer was not immedi-
ately forthcoming.
More confusion ensued when
Councilman Harold Mathis asked
whether MG3 had actually purchased
the property. The answer was no. Then
on what grounds, Mathis asked, could
MG3 request a variance? Again no
clear answer.

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North Miami's Great Divide

By Michael W. Sasser
Special to BT

en Scott Galvin first entered
North Miami politics in the
early 1990s as president of the
West Side Property Owner's Association,
the sizable but generally unremarkable
bedroom community already had a history
of geographic division. "I heard, early on,
that there was a rivalry between Italians
[on the west side] and the Irish [on the east
side] that dated back to the very beginning
of the city," recalls Galvin, now a ten-year
veteran of the city council.
That's saying something, given that
North Miami was incorporated in 1926.
In the early 1990s, as Galvin began
his civic involvement, ethnic enclaves
had yet to develop in the city of about
60,000, then best known for housing
the original Mario the Baker pizzeria

Snew mayor confronts east vs. w(
and Florida Interna-
tional University's north
campus. "It was mostly
about geography and eco-
nomics then," recounts
Galvin. "All but one of
the city council members
were from Keystone or
Sans Souci, and elections
were all at-large. There
was a sense by some that
the city was mostly in-
terested in what affected
the east." Keystone Point -
and Sans Souci are North North Miami
Miami's relatively tony "teaches us w
waterfront communities,
traditional home to many Anglo and
Jewish households.
But much has changed since the
early 1990s. North Miami's political
environment was stirred up by the


vs. black, rich vs. poor
Q unprecedented influx of Haitian Ameri-
Scans, who settled mainly on the city's
western side.
In 2001 the nation's media paid close
attention as Joe Celestinbecame the first

Vayor Andre Pierre: The election
we're making progress."

transition to district elections in 1992,
which gave rise to westside representa-
tion on the city council and elsewhere.
A burgeoning African-American
community was supplanted by an

SHaitian-American mayor in the United States.
Subsequently North Miami was widely
lauded for electing the country's first Haitian-
American majority city council.
Unfortunately Celestin's adminis-
tration was characterized mostly by theat-
rics. "It was a crazy time," Galvin says.
"During those years, there were several
high-level firings. I think it made it hard
to attract serious job applicants."
Despite well-publicized antics such
as having his car repossessed from the
city hall parking lot, trying to have a
street named after himself, and sport-
ing a police department badge, Celestin

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From Crude to Prude
Once sin city, North Bay Village now battles bare breasts

By Erik Bojnansky
BT Contributor

North Bay Village, a city dredged
from the bottom of Biscayne Bay,
has seen its share of scandal. But
so far it's never allowed a strip club within
its borders, and many residents want to keep
it that way even if it means spending
thousands of dollars at a time when money is
scarce. However, such a "gentlemen's club"
may be opening for business nonetheless.
This past March, Michael Pulwer,
owner of Miami-based Pleasure

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Emporium adult stores, entered into a
contract to purchase Barchetta on the

Bay, the former bayfront restaurant at
1601 79th Street Causeway, for an undis-
closed sum. His plan: Transform it from
an Italian restaurant into a steakhouse
featuring nude female dancers.
Ironically the Realtor brokering the
deal is one of North Bay Village's own:
Commissioner George Kane, who once
tried to sell the property to North Bay
Village itself for a new $11 million city
hall. "Actually that was what I thought
would be the highest and best use for it, but
it didn't go anywhere," Kane says. "That
would have been a great place for city

hall visibility, but I don't get to vote on it
because I'm the Realtor."
So Kane and his client accepted
the pending offer from Pulwer, whose
representatives then declared their intent
to turn Barchetta into a dual-purpose
flesh pit one part for eating, the other
for ogling.
Commissioner Kane's constituents
were not amused.
"You know who goes to those clubs?"
asks 36-year resident Ann Bakst. "People

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who are basically sexually not all together."
Citing a 1964 law prohibiting adult
entertainment anywhere in North Bay
Village, city officials refused to grant
an operating license to Pulwer, who
promptly sued, claiming a violation of
his First Amendment right to free expres-
sion in this case, nude dancing.
City commissioners then hired con-
stitutional law attorney Bruce Rogow for
$35,000 to develop a new law, one that
doesn't ban strip clubs outright but requires
that they be 500 feet away from residential
areas, parks, religious institutions, and
schools. North Bay Village being less than
a square mile in size, this restriction would
leave just one specific place where women
could entertain while naked namely,
Broadcast Key, an island that is home to
WSVN-TV (Channel 7) and an unused
radio tower owned by developer Scott
Greenwald. (Greenwald did not respond to
a BT request for comment.)
On June 22, the commission passed
a first reading of the proposed ordinance
by a vote of 4-0, with Kane abstaining.
A second and final reading is scheduled
for this month. Says city manager Matt
Schwartz: "This new ordinance will pass
constitutional muster."
Pulwer's attorney, Mark Goldstein,
believes the new ordinance unlawfully

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served until 2005. And then something
happened that is rarely seen in South
Florida politics.
An Anglo, openly gay candidate named
Kevin Burs defeated Haitian-American
Jean Monestime, a moderate city council
member, by a whopping 22 percentage

"singles out" his client. In addition,
says Goldstein, for months the city
has used the old, unconstitutional law
to block Pulwer from doing business.
"This is a fight that the city is ill-ad-
vised to take on," he asserts, warning
that Rogow's fees plus damages owed
to Pulwer could cost North Bay Village
up to $300,000. (Federal Judge Cecilia
Altonaga heard arguments from both
sides on June 24. No decision had ren-
dered by BT's press deadline.)
Forking over several hundred thou-
sand dollars is about the last thing North
Bay Village needs right now. Facing a
20 percent drop in its tax base, the city
is already cutting services and slashing
staff salaries. "Basically we're looking
at how the city will survive the next two
years without raising taxes," says Rich-
ard Chervony, president of the watchdog
group Citizens for Full Disclosure of
North Bay Village. Still, Chervony sup-
ports the potentially costly fight against
X-rated businesses. "If I want to frequent
a strip club," he says, "I will get in my
car and drive to a strip club. It is going
to further depreciate property values. It's
the wrong element to bring to the city."
David Lombardi, president of
Wynwood-based Lombardi Properties,
agrees that a strip club won't boost prop-
erty values. "It brings in all these cheesy,
horny idiots who want to get drunk," he
says. "I really don't think it'll be positive

points. As in every recent North Miami
election, Burs won the vast majority of
votes in predominantly Anglo precincts
while Monestime won most precincts
dominated by Haitian Americans. But there
was some apparent crossover for Burs.
That crossover appeal was put to the
test in 2007, when Burs ran for re-
election, again against Monestime. The
mayor may not have fully bridged the

for the area. What's it going to bring? A
liquor store? A condom store?"
Jeff Morr, president and CEO of
Majestic Properties, concurs in Lom-
bardi's assessment, but allows that an
upscale adult club one that is low
key may not be so bad for property
values. "It might bring in a little excite-
ment," he offers.
Once upon a time, excitement was
not foreign to these parts. In the 1950s,
a string of restaurants and nightclubs
sprung up along the causeway, attract-
ing celebrities like Frank Sinatra and
Judy Garland. For a time Dean Martin
owned his own club, Dino's. Alleged
mafia lieutenants were also hanging
around, and quite possibly getting a
piece of the action. Prostitutes were
also busy, though discreet.
Doing business where Barchetta now
stands was Nick and Arthur's, which had
a reputation for excellent food through-
out the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1980s,
the property was taken over by Billy's
on the Bay. When Billy's took off for
Broward, Landry's Seafood Restaurant
moved in, and after Landry's closed in
1996, the place changed hands so many
times locals lost track.
By 2004 hotelier Frederic Puren had
become the owner and opened Roger's,
which lasted a couple of years. Puren
then leased the 12,300-square-foot facil-
ity to Claudio Gottardo, who renamed

city's great divide, but his appeal crossed
over enough for him to win again, by a
margin of 54 to 46. It was the first time
in 18 years a North Miami mayor had
been re-elected without a runoff.
That success, however, was not
embraced by everyone. "Kevin Bums
favored one side," says Herntz Phanord,
a popular Haitian-American radio host.
"He catered to people he had relationships

it Barchetta and opened for business as
an Italian restaurant. That too ended in
failure at least as an eatery. In recent
months, Barchetta has been operating
as an after-hours club for special events.
City manager Schwartz says neighbors
began complaining about noise and
fights, but Gottardo has begun working
with city officials and now has North
Bay Village off-duty police officers pro-
viding security.
Although Ann Bakst has complained
about Barchetta's late-night shenanigans,
the longtime activist predicts that its
mutation into a nudie bar will be much
worse. "It is going to bring hookers!"
she exclaims. "More hookers than they
had in the Sixties. Girls are going to be
walking the streets down here to meet
the guys coming out of the strip joint,
coming out fully erect!"
Attorney Goldstein scoffs at such
talk. He assures that the new club will
be first-rate. The only things it will at-
tract to North Bay Village are Mercedes,
Porches, and luxury power boats docking
from the bay. "We're not talking about
opening up a brothel in a residential
area," he stresses. "We're talking about a
high-end adult-entertainment facility in a
commercially zoned area."

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with. We had no access."
Given North Miami's history of an
east-west divide that also demarcates the
city racially and ethnically, this year's
mayoral showdown between city clerk
(and former mayor) Frank Wolland
and attorney Andre Pierre, a relative
political newcomer, was considered a

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Further complicating matters, MG3
representatives at first said their contract
to purchase the property was not contin-
gent upon receiving the needed zoning
variance. Moments later they reversed
themselves, saying they would not close
on the deal without it.
Pamela Butler, a development coor-
dinator with MG3, explained after the
hearing that the developer had "followed
the instruction of [village] staff," and
had understood it was okay to apply for a
variance while under contract to purchase
the property. "I'm used to dealing with
cities like Fort Lauderdale," she said with

apparent frustration. "Maybe El Portal
doesn't get a lot of redevelopment."
Then Mathis took aim at MG3. "I just
can't believe they came to us and they
didn't own the property," he complained.
"If you're going to come to us and ask for
a variance, have all your ducks in a row."
The church has been silent and empty
since 2007, when the Catholic Archdio-
cese of Miami purchased it for $3.6 mil-
lion. At the time, Father John Madigan
told the BT the church would be convert-
ed to a convent for Discalced Carmelite
nuns, a cloistered order whose members
avoid contact with the public and lead
lives of contemplation and prayer. But
plans for the convent "kind of fell apart,"
according to archdiocese spokeswoman

In El Portal, the path from church
to charter school is far from

Mary Ross Agosta. "We just changed
direction with that piece of property,"
she noted, citing "serious budget cutting"

amid a down economy. (Catholic arch-
dioceses nationwide, Miami's included,
are shuttering churches and schools and
selling off property in the face of mas-
sive legal costs related to sex-abuse cases
and trends like low attendance, a priest
shortage, and rising costs.)
Addressing residents' concerns
during the hearing, the project's archi-
tect, Gustavo Carbonell, was confident
the school would be well received, and
would even raise local property values.
He spoke glowingly of Imagine Schools,
saying, among other things, that they
would "not tolerate" any misbehavior.
However, Carbonell acknowledged that

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North Miami
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toss-up before the June 2 runoff. When
the smoke cleared, Pierre had won 53
percent to Wolland's 46 percent.
Although both candidates garnered
strong support from their respective
Haitian-American and Anglo communi-
ties, there was solid evidence of cross-
over voting. For example, in Precinct
140 (polling place: the Haitian Baptist
Church), Wolland won a respectable 111
of 378 votes cast. Similarly, while Wolland
dominated Precinct 148 (polling place:
Temple Beth Moshe) with 73 percent of
votes cast, Pierre's 27 percent dwarfed
the 7 percent Monestime collected two
years earlier. Similar examples of limited

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that Miami's artists would use more
tropical and bright colors than their
northern counterparts, but it's somewhat
surprising to learn that the brilliant color

crossover abound among the city's 24
voting precincts.
Complicating the matter and revealing
perhaps the ethnic undercurrent of North
Miami's east-west divide is the fact that
Pierre himself lives in Sans Souci. Which
raises an intriguing question: Can the political
dynamics of a Haitian-American leader from
the east side, supported by many on the west
side, surmount the city's geographic and
ethnic divisions? "I think he canbe a transi-
tion figure if he doesn't repeat the mistakes
Celestin made," says Scott Galvin.
Former Mayor Bums, who supported
Pierre in the runoff, believes that the
prospects of achieving something like
civic harmony will be affected less by
ethnic politics and more by Pierre's ap-
proach to issues he'll deal with as mayor,

schemes really took off after the arrival
here of a specific European paint that
could withstand our withering weather.
Perhaps most interesting is the claim
by the artists and the authors that Miami is
an especially hazardous place to practice
graffiti. In the book, under a photograph

or as Burs puts it: "What to wade into
and what not to wade into."
Community Relations Board member
and civic activist Roseline Philippe also
sees identity politics as less important
than other issues. "Most the time, I don't
think it's a racial thing," she says. "I
think it's more about economics and
opportunities. At election time, though,
it's like Democrats and Republicans -
people gravitate to like kinds."
Radio personality Phanord says he
would be surprised if, in the next election,
Pierre didn't capture a higher percentage
of Anglo votes than this year. "I think the
moment is right," he asserts, "and I hope
that Andre can be an agent for change."
To his credit, the affable Pierre
recognizes that he has been given an

of a mural complete with tell-tale lettering
signatures but also with images of Colum-
bus landing in the New World, we read
the story of CROME and CROOK's arrest
and prosecution. It was a highly publicized
case, after which the duo say the law came
down hard and "changed the history of

opportunity to bring together North Mi-
ami's disparate neighborhoods, and says
he appreciates the chance. "This election
teaches all of us that change has come
to North Miami," Pierre tells the BT. "It
is demonstrated in who came out to vote
for me, and because this is the first time
a Haitian candidate has gotten good sup-
port from all over the city. This teaches
us that we're making progress."
Change has certainly been the one con-
stant in the North Miami political landscape
over the past 20 years. But so has one other
thing namely, that those who believe they
can predict what those changes will be are
very likely to end up with a Mario the Baker
pizza pie in theirfaces.

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graffiti in Miami."
The authors agree. "It's true that Miami
officials and authorities come down very
hard on graffiti artists New York takes
a tough stance on graffiti as well but there

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his familiarity with the company was
limited to its Website.
According to that Website, Imagine
Schools is the nation's largest and fast-
est growing charter-school organization,
operating 72 schools in 13 states, including
Florida, where it runs 18. Nationally, 51
percent of Imagine's students come from
low-income families; 39 percent are black,
33 percent white, and 22 percent Hispanic.
Imagine has received approval from
Miami-Dade's school district to open its
first charter school in the county, says
district spokesman Tony Cotarelo. The
charter company, however, has not yet
specified a location for its new facility,
even though it anticipates opening for the
2010-2011 school year. If that sounds a
little vague, school district officials likely
were reassured by the fact that Octavio
Visiedo and Alan Olkes, former Miami-
Dade schools superintendents, work
for Imagine. Olkes runs the company's
operations and development in Florida,
Louisiana, and Texas, while Visiedo is in
charge of tutoring and testing services at

all Imagine schools.
At the hearing, El Portal council-
woman Linda Marcus seemed dubious of
charter schools in general. She worried
aloud about what she said was a 50-per-
cent failure rate, and she questioned how
Imagine would guarantee enrollment,
especially in an area with several nearby
MG3 executive Gustavo Bogomolni,
dressed injeans and an untucked shirt,
explained that Imagine's research and
marketing would ensure a strong enroll-
ment. Marcus was dissatisfied with that
response and expressed frustration that
no Imagine representatives were on hand
to answer questions.
Councilwoman Claudia Cubillos, an
experienced educator, remained silent
during the hearing. Cubillos runs the
private Miami Preparatory School and
Ms. Claudia's Tutoring Service.
Village attorney Joseph Geller waded
into the discussion by questioning wheth-
er a charter school was even permissible,
noting that El Portal's outdated zoning
code was written before charter schools
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"government services." Charter schools
are private, not public.
Geller also suggested MG3 had been
remiss, wondering aloud why they hadn't
contacted him for clarification and stat-
ing that a related traffic study was the
developer's responsibility and not simply
a cooperative gesture, as Carbonell had
suggested. Finally Geller pointed out
there was something seriously wrong
with MG3's paperwork. Despite not yet
owning the church property, MG3 had
submitted a property owner's affidavit
signed by Bogomolni.
MG3's Pamela Butler explained that
Bogomolni had signed the affidavit and
added the written clarification "under
contract," to specify that he was poised
to purchase the property.
Not long after that public meeting sput-
tered to a somewhat confused close, an-
other was scheduled at the behest of county
Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, an El
Portal resident and former mayor. That
gathering took place June 25, again at Vil-
lage Hall. Since the first meeting, MG3 had
submitted the traffic study to the village,
and now the developer hoped to address
residents' concerns in more detail.

But just six residents attended, and
they were outnumbered by MG3 archi-
tects, engineers, and legal counselors.
Undaunted, the developer's associates
launched into their pitch: The church
was the only location in El Portal zoned
for a school, architects had reconfigured
the parking loop to minimize congestion
and noise, a "tot lot" would be built for
public use. All this and more would be
discussed at one more community meet-
ing and then finally at a planning and
zoning hearing on July 15.
Residents remained skeptical. PJ
Mills, for one, had little faith in the pro-
cess. "We're going to get it whether we
like it or not," he grumbled. "It'd be nice
if El Portal could vote about this."
And with that, the meeting concluded
where it began on the front steps of
Village Hall, not inside it. None of El
Portal's council members, or any other
officials, showed up, and no one had a
key to the building.

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are many areas that graffiti artists can
still paint," say the Murrays. "The City of
Miami does not want graffiti in it at all and
is trying very hard to maintain a certain
image as a tourist destination."
Obviously there is irony in graffiti
artists complaining about the law while
engaging in what is, in many cases, il-
legal activity.
Upper Eastside resident Earle Loomis
is having none of it. While he doesn't
object to some of the colorful murals, he
complains to the BT that the rest is "de-
facement, pure and simple." Loomis says
random tagging has become much worse
over the past six months, possibly mirror-
ing the bad economy, and that authorities,
contrary to the opinion of artists in Miami
G ,,i' simply turn a blind eye.
Like the biokcin \I do\\" theory of
law enforcement, which posits that a broken
window, if not repaired, inevitably attracts
more vandalism and then more serious crime,
Loomis says the unchecked graffiti he is
now seeing in and around the Upper Eastside
also leads to degradation "It suggests a lack

of upkeep, a lack of caring,"
which he believes will eventu-
ally bring down the whole
neighborhood. And like the
accumulation of rubbish in a
vacant lot, Loomis believes the
graffiti has reached a critical
mass: "It's everywhere now,
so much so that it almost
becomes invisible. Where is
the responsibility?" Wild Thing
And indeed graffiti can be
ugly, in both expression and execution -
gangs leave their signatures, intentionally
defacing and marking their territory, an un-
settling message, to say the least, for people
who live nearby. "We can understand the
public outcry against illegal graffiti when
it is purely destructive in nature and ruins
private property," say the Murrays. "But we
don't understand why the beautiful, colorful
work that actually helps beautify a neigh-
borhood gets lumped in with the ugly."
Graffiti artists highlighted in the book
express contradictory views of controlling -
or nurturing the form. Some say severe
crackdowns by authorities do indeed dampen
their interest in covering walls, while others
say it increases their desire to go out and spray

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-the more illegally, the better.
However, law enforcement isn't the only
obstacle to creating graffiti in Miami. An artist
known as GS1, whose paintings include both
lettering and characters, notes that "Miami
neighborhood kids are tough." He recounts a
time working at the "Hialeah Penit" when "a
lot of rapes happened there. When the gang-
ster kids who lived in the trailer park besides
[sic] the place started realizing that 'writers'
from good neighborhoods were going there,
they started robbing them of their money,
good shoes, and watches.... Eventually the
city bulldozed the place because so much
crime was going on"
It turns out that Miami graffiti artists skirt-
ing the lines of authority constantly run into

those who've long lived across the divide.
When painting a wall in Overtown, ZAME
recalls that "some dude threw a bottle at us.
We ran around the comer from the wall after
him and there were like 20 heads there and
they yelled at us, 'Yo, don't heat up this spot.'
Although we had permission to paint the wall
from the bodega owner, all those guys were
selling drugs around the comer. They were
worried that we were going to heat things up."
But of course if there weren't an
element of danger, graffiti wouldn't have
the attraction it has for the people who
create it, the galleries that highlight it,
and the residents who despise it.

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It's Not Always About the Money

By Victor Barrenechea
BT Contributor

you've heard it offered as advice,
either comically or seriously:
Don't quit your day job. Brook
Dorsch, founder and co-proprietor of the
Dorsch Gallery, took it seriously. Since
the early 1990s, when his fledgling gal-
lery enjoyed an auspicious opening and
operated out of his Coral Way apart-
ment, Dorsch's role as a promoter of art
has always been something more than a
He was one of the early pioneers to
set up shop the heart of Wynwood, and
over the years his eye for art has estab-
lished the gallery as a trendsetter, ahead
of the gallery curve, fostering and influ-
encing Miami arts while maturing into
a legitimate business that still exhibits
challenging work.
Yet he never gave up his day job.
For years Dorsch has held a steady
position with a local maritime satellite
telecommunications company. That
financial foundation has allowed him
and his wife and co-gallerist, Tyler
Emerson-Dorsch, the luxury of not being
completely controlled by commercial
considerations. "If it's something that
needs to be shown," says Dorsch, "I
want to show it. I don't need to show
something to make a sale."
Walking the tightrope between a
do-it-yourself alternative space and a
commercial salesroom, the gallery only
acquired air-conditioning within the past
few years, and it did double duty as the
Dorsch home until August of last year.
The art they display may be daring, but
the way they've run their business is not.
Dorsch was born in New Jersey
in 1961, but his family soon migrated
to New York, living in towns such as
Nyak and New City, not too far north of
Manhattan. In the late 1970s it would
be music, not art, that dominated his
passions, specifically the burgeoning
punk scene in New York City, which had
Dorsch regularly heading down to the
city to catch bands on weekends.
Only later in life would he cor-
relate the underground music scene's
rebellious spirit with the world of
contemporary art in which he would
subsequently immerse himself. "When
I started seeing contemporary art,"

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Dorsch Gallery's 7000 square feet allows for creative display.

Brook Dorsch on the early days:
"There was a lot of energy, but
there weren't many sales."

recalls Dorsch. "I realized the punks
were doing the same thing."
In the early 1980s, the family moved to
Miami, where Dorsch's stepfather opened
a designerjeans shop. For his part, Dorsch
concentrated on taking computer classes,
landing a good
job. Butby
1991 he'd Genaro Ambrosino
1991 he'd
fallen in with the Gables prompt
Miami's art around for a war
crowd, which
inspired him to
take up paint-
ing for himself.
In those days, Miami arts centered
around an enclave of galleries in Coral
Gables that would host art walks every



Tyler Emerson-Dorsch, now gallery
co-curator with her husband, is
ushering in changes.

first Friday of the month. Dorsch recalls,
"It was a mass of galleries, but you
always saw the same thing every month,
with a few exceptions." As a reaction to
the safely predictable nature of a lot of
the work, Dorsch began putting on his
own art show in
his Coral Way
s bold move out of apartme
A small
d Dorsch to scout sidewalk
house of his own. sandwich
board read-
ing "Dorsch
led the way to the 500-square-foot
apartment, where visitors could see
early works by people like Franklin
Einspruch and video pieces by Rene

Barge, as well as other local artists
working in various media. Soon he
realized his passion lay in curating
rather than painting, and he concen-
trated on that. His apartment would
host more than 50 shows over the
next few years. "There was a lot of
energy back then," Dorsch remem-
bers, "but there weren't many sales."
A breakthrough came in 1999, when
artist Robert Chambers curated a show
of works by Robin Griffiths, called "Ball
and Chain." Chambers crammed the
apartment so full of Griffiths' work that
only four or five people could fit in the
apartment at one time. It generated a
buzz in New York City, the first time
Dorsch Gallery had garnered attention
outside Miami.
In 1997 the respected Ambrosino
Gallery moved out of the Gables after
a four-year stint. Owner Genaro Am-
brosino surprised many by taking over
a sprawling, 10,000-square-foot ware-
house in an obscure industrial area
sandwiched between Coconut Grove and
Coral Gables. According to Dorsch, this
launched a new phase for art in Miami,
one in which vast warehouse spaces
presented new and exciting opportuni-
ties for exhibiting art. Soon they began
replacing traditional storefront galler-
ies. "When Genaro got that big space, I
thought, 'Wow, this is on a completely
new level!'" Ambrosino's bold move
prompted him to scout around for a
warehouse of his own.
By 1998 the alternative art space
Locust Projects had opened its doors in
the Wynwood warehouse district, and
Dorsch would follow in January 2000,
purchasing his own 7000-square-foot
space and joining the Bakehouse Art
Complex, the Martin Margulies Col-
lection, and the Bernice Steinbaum
Gallery, which were already estab-
lished in the neighborhood.
Back then, the area was still crime-
ridden. In fact a dilapidated bungalow
on Dorsch's warehouse property was a
notorious crack house. "There was no
one here at night except for a few drug
dealers and homeless people," Dorsch
recalls. (The bungalow itself starred
in an early show called, appropriately,
"Crack House.")

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Before long many more galleries
migrated to Wynwood, including experi-
mental spaces such as the now-defunct
Rocket Projects, Gables refugees such as
the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, and private
collectors like the Rubell family. "It was
a real exciting time in Wynwood," says
Dorsch. "It was a really fun time to be
here. There was a lot of camaraderie in
the scene."
Art Basel Miami Beach, which Dorsch
describes as a "serious game-changer,"
canceled its 2001 debut fair following the
attacks on September 11. But Miami's
local art community managed to put on
strong and well-attended exhibits origi-
nally designed to coincide with Basel. Says
Dorsch: "Nobody had realized there was
this welling-up of what was going on in
Wynwood. You didn't realize how big the
scene had become."
Two years later Dorsch helped
found the Wynwood Arts District As-
sociation, of which he is currently the
co-chairman. The association orga-
nized monthly art walks, produced
maps of all the galleries in the area

An opening party in early 2000, soon after the gallery's Wynwood debut.

(now more than 50), and remains active
in efforts to improve the neighborhood.
Meanwhile the Dorsch Gallery itself
has continued its growth, participating
in national and international art fairs
and developing an impressive roster of
local artists such as Ralph Provisero,
Richard Haden, and Brandon Opalka.

Tyler Emerson and Dorsch met in
2004. By then Emerson was already
curating exhibitions locally. She was a
graduate of Bard College's prestigious
curatorial studies center, a former Miami
Art Museum staffer, and director at the
Fredric Snitzer Gallery. After a success-
ful stint at the Baltimore Museum of Art,

where she curated an influential show
featuring several art-world luminaries,
she returned to Miami in 2007 and mar-
ried Dorsch.
Only last year, however, did Tyler
jump aboard as co-gallerist, bringing
along some big changes. For one, the gal-
lery now keeps regular hours, something
Dorsch couldn't do on his own. There is
also a change in how shows are created,
with the two alternating and sometimes
sharing curatorial duties, but also bring-
ing in more talent from outside the city.
After nearly two decades of operat-
ing a gallery while keeping a full-time
day job, Dorsch remains passionate
about that peculiar mixture of com-
merce and aesthetics. "It's a very strange
business to be in," he observes, "because
it doesn't really follow any business
model. You need to follow your eye and
you need to follow your heart. I get very
excited when other people see what I see
in work. Then it sells itself."

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101 NE 40th St, Miami
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"A Phantasy Pheast" by Jim Pollock

233 NW 36th St, Miami
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2134 NW Miami Ct, Miami
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Reception July 11,7 to 10 p.m.

111 NW 1st St, Suite 625, Miami
www mlamidadearts org
Through August 7
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171 NW 23rd St, Miami
www artformz net
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Reception July 11,7 to 10 p.m.

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3550 N Miami Ave, Miami
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"Nine Lives Dog Days of Summer" with various artists
Reception July 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

158 NW 91st St, Miami Shores
www cjazzart com
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541 NW 27th St, Miami
www visual org
Solo show by Clarence Laughlin

250 NW 23rd St, Miami
www charest-welnberg com
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2441 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www chelseagalleria com
Through August 1
"Cosmos" by Tonel
Reception July 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

787 NE 125th St, North Miami
www chirinossanchez com
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282 NW 36th St, Miami
www damlenb com
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2234 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www castilloart com
Through August 1
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Gutierrez, Quisqueya Henriquez, Susan Lee-
Chun, Pepe Mar, Glexis Novoa, Javier Pin6n,
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, Frances Trombly,
and Wendy Wischer
Reception July 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

2051 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

2043 N Miami Ave, Miami
www dlfinearts com
"2 Girls and a Boy" with Katherine Ordonez, C
Nimla, and Michael Okey
Through July 31
"Summer Exhibition" with various artists
Reception July 11,7:30 to 10 p.m.

3938 NE 39th St, Miami
www diasporavibe net
Through July 23
"Mr Meyers, My Sweet Jane" by
Danny Ramirez

151 NW 24th St, Miami
www dorschgallery com
Through July 18
"F(r)acture divisions in painting" curated by
Dorsch, with Alicia Gibson, David Marsh, Jo
Massangale, Patrick McElnea, Brandon Opa
Parshall, Carlos Rigau, Karen Seapker, and
Van Gorp
Reception July 11,7 to 10 p.m.

51 NW 36th St, Miami
www dotfiftyone com
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7520 NE 4th Ct, Miami
Call gallery for exhibition information

47 NE 25th St, Miami
www edgezones org
July 11 through July 31
Group show with various artists
Reception July 11,8 to 11 p.m.

151 NW 36th St, Miami
www elitearteditions com
Call gallery for exhibition information

10 NE 40th St, Miami
www etrafineart com
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750 NE 124th St, North Miami #2
wwwfachearts com
Through July 20
"Color Exposure" by Carla Fache

2247 NW 1st PI Miami
www snitzer com
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174 NW 23rd St, Miami
www gallerydlet com
Through August 1
a "Oh Nancy" curated by Brian Burkhardt
Center. with various artists
Reception July 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

62 NE 27th St, Miami
www garynader com
Call gallery for exhibition

3326 N Miami Ave, Miami
;hottlp 305-576-1645
www hardcoreartcontemporary com
Through July 4
"Time Machine" by
Robert Zuckerman

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www haroldgolengallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

250 NW 23rd St, Loft 206, Miami
www flightstudlogallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

alka, Jane

50 NE 29 St, Miami
www kelleyroygallery com
Through September 30
"Handmade Horizons and Songs"
Reception July 11, 7to 10 p.m.

by Sebastian Spreng

2249 NW 1st PI Miami
www kevinbrukgallery com
Through July 31
Summer show with various artists
Reception July 11, 7to 10 p.m.

3312 N Miami Ave, Miami
www kunsthaus org mx
Through August 30
Group show with Armando de la Garza,
Ivan Pulg, and Leonardo Ramirez
Reception July 11, 7to 10 p.m.

6900 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
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Art Listings
Continued from page 32

155 NE 38th St, Miami
www locustprojects org
July 11
"BALLS IN THE AIR" by Wet Heat Project
Reception July 11, 7to 10 p.m.

98 NW 29th St, Miami
www luisadelantadomiami com
Call gallery for exhibition information

46 NW 36th St, Miami
www lurle-kavachnina com
Through July 11
Group show with various artists
Reception July 11, 7to 10 p.m.

2441 NW2nd Ave, Miami
www artnet com/reitzel html
Call gallery for exhibition information

12502 NE 8th Ave, North Miami
www marlofloresgallery com
Through July 20 "Identity" by Lulsa Elena Betancourt
Reception July 11, 7to 10 p.m.

1601 SW 1st St, Miami
305-649-9575, www mcpagallery com
Call gallery for exhibition information

Allison Layton and Leslie Shershow, Championship Rings, bronze and
gold plate, 2009, at Gallery Diet.

21 NW 36th St, Miami
www mlamlartgroup com
Solo exhibition by James Kitchens

244 NW 35th St, Miami
www mlamlartspace com
July 11 through July 18
"EXTEMPORE" with Marisela Esteves,
Julie Pagano, Niko Yulis, and Samara Banks
Reception July 11, 7 to 10 p.m.
Reception July 16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Reception July 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

300 NE 2nd Ave ,
Bldg 1, Room 1365, Miami
www mdc edu
Call gallery for exhibition information

1501 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
www mymiu com
Through July 11
MFA exhibit with various artists
July 16 through August 14
"Like Cats and Dogs" with various artists
Reception July 16, 5 to 8 p.m.

346 NW 29th St, Miami
www museovault cor
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3100 NW 7th Ave, Miami
www oh-wow com
Through July 24
Reception July 11, 8 to 11 p.m.

2450 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www panamericanart com
Through July 4
"Primary Colors" with various artists
July 11 through August 13
Shows by Leopoldo Romanach and the Cuban
Vanguardia and Hector Molne
Reception July 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

2219 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
www praxis-art com
July 11 through July 21
"MFANow 2009" with Andre Debus, Anna Gordienko,
Damien Mohl, Joyce Ho, Zachari Logan, and Sarah
Reception July 11, 7 to 10 p.m.

4100 N Miami Ave, Miami
www pressitonart com
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81 NW 24th St, Miami
www puzzlementart com
Ongoing show with Kevin Brady, Manuel Carbonell,
Nichole Chimentl, Carter Davis, Stephen Gamson,
Raquel Glottman, Jim Herbert, Jennifer Kaiser, Alex
Palva Lopez, Andy Pledllato, Tomy F Trujillo, Jonathan
"Depoe" Villoch, and Glancarlo Zavala

531 NE 82nd Terr, Miami
www spinellogallery com
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Santiago Rublno

162 NE 50 Terr, Miami
www myspace com/stashgallery
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"I don't think he gave her the time that night but damn
near damn near" by Joseph O'Neal
Reception July 10, 7 to midnight

66 NE 40th St, Miami
www stevemartinfineart com
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2200 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
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201 NE 39th St, Miami
www wrpfineart com
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Through August 16
"Because I Say So" sculpture from the Scholl Collection
Through August 23 "2009 Cintas Finalist Fellowship
Exhibition" with various artists
Through September 16
"Genetic Portraits" by Nela Ochoa
Through September 20
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gen lighting fixture, 2009, at Alejandra von
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1301 Stanford Dr, Coral Gables
www lowemuseum org
Through October 4
"Through the Lens Photography from the Permanent
Collection" with various artists

101 W FlaglerSt, Miami
www mlamlartmuseum org
Through September 13 "NeoHooDoo Art for a
Forgotten Faith" with various artists
Through October 11
"Recent Acquisitions" with various artists

770 NE 125th St North Miami
www mocanoml org
Through September 13
"Convention" with Julieta Aranda, Fla Backstrom,
Xavier Cha, Anne Daems & Kenneth Andrew Mroczek,
Fritz Haeg, Corey McCorkle, Dave McKenzle, My
Barbarian, Christodoulos Panaylotou, Sean Raspet,
Superflex and Jens Haaning, and Miami's Jim Drain,
Gean Moreno, and Bert Rodriguez

404 NW 26th St, Miami
www mocanoml org
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591 NW 27th St, Miami
www margulieswarehouse com
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95 NW 29th St, Miami
www rubellfamilycollection com
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Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection
170 NW 23rd St, Miami
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"Daydreams" curated by Tyler Emerson-
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Culture Briefs

Kids Only: Calling All
Kids like to get out and explore their
surroundings. The Historical Museum
of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St.)
helps them take that one step further.
One giant step. Called the Tropical
Explorers Summer Camp, it offers one-
week camps through August 21, taking
kids ages 6 to 12 on field trips to places
like Metrozoo, Butterfly World, and vari-
ous historical sites. Things to do could
include riding an airboat, creating art
with sand, constructing a paddle boat, or
making an Egyptian water clock. HMSF
members $165. Nonmembers $190.
Weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call
305-375-1492 or visit www.hmsf.org.

A Blazing Birthday Bash at
Fireworks don't get much better than
those lighting up the sky for "America's
Birthday Bash" at Bayfront Park (301
Biscayne Blvd.) on Saturday, July 4.
This annual all-day event includes free
admission, food kiosks galore, a free
Kids' Zone from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. with
inflatable slides, a kiddie carousel, hoops,
face painting, and more. The main event,
the fireworks display, is launched from
a barge floating in Biscayne Bay and
is said to be one of the largest in South
Florida. It explodes at 9:00 p.m. Good
views from anywhere in the park. No
bottles, cans, or coolers allowed. Call
305-358-7550 or go to www.bayfront-

Ben Franklin's John
Hancock for Youngsters
The Miami Children's Museum (Watson
Island, MacArthur Causeway) will cel-
ebrate America's 233rd anniversary with
kids in mind (no surprise there). On Sat-
urday, July 4, museum festivities will
include kids making art, playing games,
and competing for a "patriotism prize"
for the best red-white-and-blue outfit. In
addition (and here's the surprise) there'll

be a special appearance by one of the
nation's founding fathers, none other
than Ben Franklin, who'll be on hand to
sign the Declaration of Independence -
again. City of Miami residents $6; others
$12; infants under one year free. Open
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 305-373-
KIDS or visit www.miamichildrens-

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La Nifia del Fuego
Concha Buika has been hailed by critics
and adored by fellow Spaniards. She's
been called a "trailblazing force in con-
temporary Spanish music." And she's not
easy to categorize a kind of modern
cultural hybrid, a vocalist with family
roots in Africa and a Spanish flair for fla-
menco, all of it blended with jazz, R&B,
funk, gypsy, and Cuban rhythms. Bui-
ka's 8:00 p.m. performance on Thursday,
July 9 at the intimate Gusman Theater
(174 E. Flagler St.) is a do-over for a
Rhythm Foundation concert canceled
last year after a visa snafu. Tickets range
from $27 to $52 and are available at the
Gusman box office (305-372-0925) or
through Ticketmaster.

Introducing the Bikini -
Ten decades of bathing suits will be on
display July 10-October 11 in "Beauty
on the Beach A Centennial Celebra-
tion of Swimwear" at the Wolfsonian-
FIU Museum (1001 Washington Ave.,
Miami Beach), appropriately within
walking distance of the beach. The
exhibition reveals how these garments'
designs and the marketing of them have
reflected our views of health, body shape,
and beauty. Noted fashion photographer
Miles Ladin's corollary exhibit explores

contemporary swimsuit culture in
Miami Beach. Admission is $7. Seniors,
students, children $5. Museum galler-
ies are open Wednesday-Sunday, noon
until as late as 9:00 p.m. Free admission
Friday after 6:00 p.m. Call 305-531-1001
or visit www.wolfsonian.org.

All Hail the Mighty Mango!
The International Mango Festival, where
mangoheads die and go to heaven,
returns to Fairchild Tropical Botanic
Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral
Gables) Saturday and Sunday, July
11-12. On display for viewing, tast-
ing, and buying will be an astonishing
variety of the luscious fruit from all over
the world. You'll find smoothies, cook-
ing demonstrations, learned lectures,
and trees for sale, including a miniature
species that grows full-size fruit. On
Sunday the annual brunch is expected
to sell out as usual, and no wonder when
the chefs are Mango Gang originals like
Allen Susser and Mark Militello. (Reser-
vations required.) Admission excluding
brunch is $20, seniors $15, children 6-17
$10. Call 305-667-1651 or visit www.

Zo's Free Block Party at
the Triple A
Alonzo Mourning left the Heat, but
not his fans and friends. Zo's Summer
Groove Block Party and its all-star
basketball game returns to the Ameri-
can Airlines Arena (601 Biscayne
Blvd.) on Sunday, July 12. Bring the
family at noon for the free block party
outside the arena great entertain-
ers, music, food, giveaways, and rides
continue until 6:30 p.m. Inside you'll
find contests, giveaways, and possible
encounters with very tall men who
make a living throwing a ball at a hoop.
Did we mention the game from 6:30 to
9:00 p.m.? Or the jamming half-time
show? NBA newbies take on the old
pros. Game tickets $5-$60. Call 305-
476-0095 or visit ticketmaster.com.

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thing magical. Now children and parents
alike have a unique opportunity to see one
that brings together Miami's own famed

puppet creator, the artist Pablo Cano, and
the phenomenally skilled hands of master
puppeteer James Hammond. In conjunc-
tion with the painting and photography
exhibition "Dog Tales: Words and Images,
Facts and Fiction" at Miami-Dade's main
library downtown (101 W. Flagler St.), Dog,
a shadow-puppet theater production for
all ages, will be presented free on Satur-
day, July 18 at 2:00 p.m. Call 305-375-
2665 for more information.

There's a Fish Story Down
on the Farm
Miami-Dade County is one of the leading areas
for fishfarming in the United States. Broadly
known as aquaculture, it's the cultivation ofa
multitude of freshand saltwater species, from
tropicals for fish tanks to catfish and salmon for
dinner, but also crustaceans like shrimp, and
even aquatic plants. The Aquaculture Tour,
presented by the county's Fruit and Spice
Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead)
will have Chris Rollins leading you Satur-
day, July 25 to a few of those farms to meet
the proprietors and learn more about this
growing industry. Fee is $25. Tour runs from
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call 305-247-5727 or
visit www.fruitandspicepark.org.

Seniors Are All Wet and
Loving It
If you're of a certain age, you may know
that exercise using water resistance helps
aches and pains, especially arthritis.
Good reason to sign up for Miami Shores'
Arthritis Aquatic Program, at which low-
impact water exercise is conducted at the
Shores swimming pool (10200 Biscayne
Blvd.). Fun in the pool isn't just for whipper-
snappers! Open to all seniors. Bring your
own towel. One-hour sessions are 10:00
a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays, and 11:00
a.m. Sunday. Village residents $48.50 per
month, nonresidents $60.75. Reduced prices
for single sessions. For more information
call Lorne Salzar at 786-507-8836.

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Where the Wild Things Still Are

By Jim W. Harper
BT Contributor

Sou wanna iguana? Need a little
y Love-In"? This signature annual
Seventh for hippies takes place
each May, but the big green lizards are
on display daily at Greynolds Park. They
fit in with the park's prehistoric past and
its spacious wetlands.
Not to be confused with Greynolds
Park East on Biscayne Boulevard, this
Greynolds is the real deal. At 249 acres,
it has miles of trails, a nine-hole golf
course, and even a real campground
for group rentals. But let's put aside the
campers and golfers and focus on the
average visitor.
Greynolds Park is free on weekdays
but charges $5 per vehicle on weekends
and holidays. Two entrances make it
easily accessible to the Biscayne Cor-
ridor crowd and the surrounding North
Miami Beach community, but the main
entrance on Dixie Highway holds special

The first stop behind the entrance
features warning signs for alliga
tons of turtles, and schooling tar
the size of 12-year-olds.

appeal. People who enjoy feeding cereal
to turtles know all about it (apparently
they love Kix).
This first stop behind the gate

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centers around two bodies of water: the
Oleta River and the bird rookery. The
rookery is a poorly marked tangle of
dead-end trails through a thick man-
grove forest. One entrance by the golf
course is marked as both West Lake
Trail and Lakeside Nature Trail. The
other main entrance has a quaint stone
bridge but no signage. Once inside, you
will need at least a half hour to find
another exit.

)st distinctive feature of
mack in the middle, is The
aching to a non-Floridian
6 feet, this verdant hill rises
hat is capped with a coral-
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to the bay in the east and the
in the west.
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by Matheson Hammock Park.
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evidence points to Tequesta and
living here to at least around

k is named after A.O. Greynolds,
fthe Ojus Rock Company who

features warning signs for alligators,
tons of turtles, and schooling tarpons
the size of 12-year-olds (tarpon don't
like Kix). Despite the signs that
warn against feeding wildlife,
gate the turtles appear quite well
tors, trained. Alligators may not be
n visible, but they are probably
lurking somewhere.
You're even less likely to
see the highly endangered
saltwater crocodile, but one
has been spotted in the park in years
past. Manatees are much more common
visitors. Bats and owls reside here.
The park's rich menagerie of wildlife

donated 110 acres of land to the county.
The park was the first project developed by
Adrian Barnes and Charles Crandon.
Newest feature at Greynolds is the
renovation of its sizable boathouse, near
The Mound, which was dedicated on
June 13. By "boats" the house refers to
kayaks and canoes, which can be rented
between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. No

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Wild Things
Continued from page 36

fishing is allowed within the park.
This giant cottage is composed of an
attractive, sturdy mixture of coral rock
and timber. The central mess hall or meet-
ing room is where campers gather to grab
popsicles and listen to scary stories.
Speaking of campers, the park is
crawling with them. There are kids
playing tug-o-war on The Mound, hit-

This park is ideal for a picnic. Sc
areas overlook the water, some
into the woods, and some let you
your kids on the playground.

ting the playground at the Mahogany
Picnic Area, and getting back to nature
at Camp Manatee. The park is one of six
in the county that runs a camp program
for children with disabilities, continu-
ing until August 14. There is even a golf
camp for Miami's young Tigers.
Back at the front gate, turn way from

the cereal-munching turtles to find a
shady pathway leading into the woods.
Soon you will come upon the charming
covered wooden bridge, offering one
of several vistas over the river and the
lagoon. Across the water stands the two-
story Lagoon Shelter, where large BBQ
pits beckon for a big family cookout.
Jogging is popular along this trail,
and a marked Mangrove Walk takes you
deeper into the woods. Another trail, past
the boathouse and near the playground,
takes you into a hardwood ham-
mock. These woods are what
)me South Florida used to look like.
peer Scattered around the park
watch are some large sculptures. Mark-
ers could not be found, so their
titles are up to your imagination.
Look for Curvy Hairdo, Square
Jaws, and Happy Plane Crash.
The main problem with this park, be-
sides a lack of signage, is the same prob-
lem at every park in the Miami-Dade
County system. Dogs are not allowed.
My dog was chastised for not realizing
this rule, a rule that makes little sense
in a place with hundreds of acres and
thousands of iguanas.

Family-friendly bike paths and
hiking trails weave through the
park for miles.

For families without dogs, though
this park is ideal for a picnic. The O
Grove Picnic Area is a simple collec
tion of benches under live oak trees,
located in between the golf course a

the visitor's center. If beach volleyball
is your game, try picnic areas near the
north entrance. Some picnic areas over-
look the water, some peer into the woods,
and some let you watch your kids on the
playground. Take your pick.
The other main activity here is
wandering. By car you can wander down
Palm Drive, where a cluster of tower-
ing Royal Palms peer down at you like
giants. From here you can access the
Oleta River Nature Trail.
Or wander by the golf course and into
the bird rookery, where you might spy a
flock of ibis or a single osprey. Here is where
the saltwater crocodile has been spotted,
but don't hold your breath looking for one.
Instead beware of stepping on an iguana.
Greynolds is a great park, simply
""- because of its size and its natural assets.
Its major shortcoming, obvious in the
summer, is no place to swim espe-
cially with so much water around. But
significant shade trees and breezes from
;h, the water help to keep things bearable.
ak The Indians who discovered this land
could stand the heat, and you can too.


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By Jenni Person
BT Contributor

Remember when I first met my part-
ner almost 15 years ago, all I wanted
to do was be with him. Any time not
working was spent in his arms or doing
things together, including socializing and
keeping up with a busy calendar of en-
gaging parties, get-togethers, and events.
But I had a couple of friends who would
say to me: "Can we make a date to do
something, just you and me? Like it used
to be?" I tried to oblige.
But the truth was, my social life
changed when I met someone with whom
I wanted to spend the rest of my life. Of
course I maintained my independent iden-
tity, but I was most happy and content just
being with my beshert, a Yiddish word that
can most closely be translated as destiny.
We quickly became engaged and about a
year and a half after first laying eyes on
each other, we were married.
We moved a lot for the next seven
years, continuing to make new friends.
And then came Goldi. New friendships
with other parents emerged from baby/
family-related things like Torah Tykes,
a kid-centered community we forged at
Temple Israel. And then came Izzi, born
right into our existing social network
of breeders and our glorious and more
diverse extended community, which in-
cludes folks from all walks of life: single,
married, kids, no kids, gay, straight,
single parents, divorced parents you
name it.
But now it seems that one of the
many challenges of being a parent is
maintaining friendships with people
who don't have kids. In my life there are

Into the Vortex of Family

- Remember me? Before you had kids, we were friends -

people without kids who simply blend
into our family and function as another
adult, another set of eyes, another person
- like a grandparent, uncle, or aunt -
to whom we send photos of the kids'
antics and adventures, or invite to the
school play.
I've written here about the extraor-
dinary role of "Uncle Mitch" in our fam-
ily's life. As a refresher, Uncle Mitch is a
friend who pinch-hits for us with school
pick-ups, on date night, at karate, and is
often at our table for any old meal and
for family gatherings and holidays. But
then there are the folks who aren't as in-
timately involved and for whom the fact
that we have kids is more complicated.
Perhaps you can relate to the experi-
ence of expanding your embrace around
friends who don't necessarily need or
want to be around your kids. It's tough,

especially for parents who work. We
basically want to spend any nonworking
awake time surrounded by the family.
I have one friend who simply is not
a kid person. We've been close for nearly
20 years, a friendship dating way back
to when I was single, rushing home to no
one. When we make plans these days, we
very laboriously work around my kids.
She's actually perfectly fine hanging out at
my house while Goldi and Izzi play in the
background, but she steers clear of most
events we host involving other families.
And her real preference is solo-Jenni time.
And of course I enjoy and on some level
need- the opportunity to have social
one-on-one time with an adult friend who
knows me as more than a mom. But it does
feel very fragile, as if too much exposure
to my mommy life would send this friend
running in the other direction.

And then there's the kind of friend
who is so kid-friendly she doesn't want
to be without your kids. Until recently I
had a close friend who fit that descrip-
tion. She was extremely generous with
my kids, and fit into our family much
like Uncle Mitch, treating Goldi and Izzi
like family as she bestowed gifts from
her long distance locale, traveled with
us, and spent some holidays with us. She
had been my closest friend for more than
20 years, although after college, always
living in a different city. When I told her
I'd become engaged, she said, "I can't
believe you're marrying someone I've
never met!"
That may have been the beginning
of the end. But we stayed close and I even
pulled myself away from my beloved on
many occasions over the years to visit or
travel with her. But then Goldi came along
and my life changed. I was less mobile, not
only because traveling with a kid and all
their gear is a pain, but because I was nest-
ing as I grew my family.
By the time Izzi was toddling,
my friend began to complain about
me seeming distracted, too busy, and
about always having to visit me with no
reciprocation. When I pointed out that I
now required two and then three airfares
to visit her, I heard a litany of reasons
why I could afford it or that I should take
a break and come by myself. Or in the
most uncomfortable of responses, my
friend offered to pay for my travel. But
what she never grasped was my lack of
time. Or that any available time I might
have is time I want to spend as a family.
It's hard enough to barely see your kids

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and partner all week while you're work-
ing. Those fleeting weekend hours are
prime time for being a family.
Now I have a new friend who has
no kids. And she very much wants to
be a family, with a partner. But she is
working on the family solo for now, and
unfortunately is challenged by fertility
issues. She accepts me for the mommy I
am and understands that even if they're

just playing in the background, I do
need and want to be around my kids.
She is also
very aware
that everyone It's hard enough
has their own kids and partner
problems and
problems and working. Those fl
issues, so
while there is are prime time
a brief nod to
"Well, at least
you have kids," any frustrations can be
freely and naturally expressed.

h to

And she is forthcoming about her
unencumbered life: free to take risks that
don't affect
anyone else
barely see your and free to
week while you're make plans
ng weekend hours without
r being a family. the needs of
three other
people. She
is happy to hang out at my house, talk to
my kids. Recently we even braved Ikea

together with kids in tow. That takes a lot
of patience. But afterward I felt badly. I
wondered if I should I have made the Ikea
date at a time when my partner could have
stayed with the kids. And I wondered if
imposing my motherhood on her is really
like salt on a wound. But then I'm assum-
ing she'd much just rather want to hang
out with her friend Jenni and have deep,
uninterrupted, adult conversations.
It's a delicate balance.

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Why Do Dogs Bark?

- Because that what dogs do. Any more questions? -

Lisa Hartman
BT Contributor

he readers of Biscayne Times and
Pli\\ SI\1 c1 Pets" have spoken!
So this month I am answering
your questions on behavior and problem-
solving. Below are two of the e-mails
I received recently. The first is from
Sharon O., who asks:
Hi, Lisa. Here's a question I have
pondered for a while: My dog yawns
a lot, and often times it seems to me,
inappropriately. She yawns, yes, when
she is tired, but also when we are in
training class, when we are driving
down the street, when we are about to
pull into my sisters house -replete
with children and dogs and more. I
suspect that yawning in dogs is a lot of
;i,,ai, boredom, excitement, tension.
Is this correct? And is there negativ-
ity in it? Am I doing ...',,. i1i,,i wrong
so that she feels she needs to yawn
so often? Or am I just a very boring
person looking for an excuse? Thank
you for the opportunity to ask!
Thanks for writing, Sharon. Great
question! I am sure you are not a very
boring person, so stop worrying about that.
Yes, dogs yawn for a variety of
reasons, but they mainly yawn from
being tired or bored or because they
are under some sort of stress. Yawning
is considered a "calming signal," or a
stress signal, as is lip-licking, shaking
off, looking away or ignoring you, and
sneezing. It is a signal that the dog is
stressed, or she could be using yawns
to calm something or someone in her
environment. Without meeting with your

dog in person, it would be hard for me to
say for sure.
Try to be aware of what is going on
in her world. For example, if you are in a
training class that uses harsh or primi-
tive techniques (leash pops, physically
holding dogs down on the floor on their
side, prong collars, and so on), it will be
stressful. In fact just being in a class for
an hour with other dogs and owners is
already a lot to deal with for the animal
- and human.
Maybe you
need to work "Am I doing some
a little farther she feels she neei
away from the Or am I just a v
other dogs. looking foI
Riding in
the car may be
exciting for her,
or maybe the vibration of the car makes
her a bit queasy. Perhaps she knows she
will soon be near your sister's little kids.
Kids are scary for most dogs, with their


squealing and quick movements. Chil-
dren should be taught to give dogs their
space. In any case, she may be involun-
tarily telling you something.
I have noticed that certain breeds
seem to use some signals more than
others. For example, Dalmatians seem
to shake off and sneeze more. I watched
almost every Dalmatian do this at the
Dalmatian National Specialty show
before their do"\\ and back" routines
(trot away and
toward the
ng wrong so that judge). I have
to yawn so often? not seen any
y boring person data yet about
n excuse?" breed-specific
signals, it
is just my
My Dalmatian seems to favor the "look
away/ignore" behavior if he is not learn-
ing a new trick we are practicing, even
when trained positively. Sometimes it is

just too much to think about for him, or I
may not be rewarding his tries enough to
keep down his frustration.
Another note about training classes. I
have witnessed a number of dogs in group-
training classes stuck in a Catch 22: The
dog is obviously stressed about practicing
"heel" or some other command the owner is
barking at him, so he looks away and yawns.
The class trainer tells the owner the dog is
not paying attention and to correct it usually
with a leash pop or yelling. The dog is now
more stressed and looks away/yawns even
more, or stops to scratch himself and is cor-
rected/punished again It's a vicious cycle.
Does your dog have allergies or some
trouble getting air for some medical or
structural reason? This too could pos-
sibly make her more apt to yawn.
Of course, you may just need to add
a nap into her schedule.
Deborah Q. asks: I understand why
dogs mark outside, but why does my
male dog mark in the house?
Deborah, I am sorry for your problem.
Dogs mark for a variety of reasons to
mark territory, to say that Rock \\".s
here" because there is already another
scent there. Your dog probably doesn't see
a reason to discriminate where he performs
this natural behavior. And while unaltered
males are the predominant markers, many
neutered males and their female counter-
parts can keep up with them. (My little
Crested female learned marking by watch-
ing her big brother.) House marking also
happens a lot when two males live together.
The bottom line is, dogs mark because
that's what dogs do.
But marking outside is one thing, while
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marking inside the house is quite another.
Yuk! You will have to address the problem
from different angles. First, you need to
get rid of the scent already in the house.
They say vinegar is one of the only things
that works well. If the dog has marked on
carpeted areas, this will be a bit trickier to
clean. But it must be done.
In addition, you must be around
to catch him and stop him before he

marks. Each and every time. Usu-
ally saying a quick "Ah ha!" or sharp
"Hey!" will suffice. But you
must always be supervising
him so you do not miss an M
opportunity to stop him. On m
the flip side, you must manage anol
him during times you cannot 0
watch. Crating him so he does
not have the opportunity to
mark would be a good idea.
If you have two males in the house, the
same applies for both. Supervise all

interactions. If they are not neutered, you
may want to think about doing so, as this

parking outside is one thing, while
parking inside the house is quite
their. Yuk! First, you need to get rid
f the scent already in the house.

many times takes the edge off and also
curbs a variety of behavior problems,

including dog-on-dog aggression
and reactivity.
Have a training or behavior ques-
tion you would like answered? Write to
me. Your question may just show up in
this column!

Lisa Hartman is head dog trainer
for Pawsitively Pets. You can reach her
at pawsitivelypetsonline@yahoo.com or

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Biscayne Crime Beat

Compiled by Derek McCann

Home Invasion Purse
300 Block NE 75th Street
It's one thing to leave your purse in a
shopping cart then walk away, but it's
quite another when it happens at home.
This poor victim arrived to the sanctuary
of her home and placed her purse on her
kitchen table. She walked away, hap-
pened to glance at the wall mirror, and
was horrified to see a strange man grab
her purse and run out the front door. She
bravely followed and saw the man get
into the passenger side of silver car with
a license plate number of either 4B4LUV
or 484LUV. No love loss here, but those
vanity plates will be easy to spot. Be on
the lookout for stalking silver cars.

Strange Case of the Damp
1700 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
Victim went to the closet to get his
bag when he noticed that the bag
was wet. The area surrounding the
bag was also wet. This happened at
a hotel, so the manager was called.
Unfortunately there is no video of a
possible intruder entering the room
and no indication what the "wet sub-
stance" might be. However, the closet
is right next to the bathroom.

Crooks Leave a Little
Something Behind
3000 Block NE 2ndAvenue
Suspects broke into victim's building
though a back window and ransacked
the entire apartment, turning furniture
upside down and raiding the refrigerator.
They stole several items. To make mat-
ters worse, at least one of the suspects
defecated on the bathroom floor. Not in
the toilet. On the floor. It is unknown if
DNA samples were taken.

A Criminal's Moral
200 Block NE 82nd Street
Police responded to a report of a bur-
glary in progress. Luckily an officer was
right around the block. When the house
was approached, the suspect was caught
in the act and was told to come out
through the window. He did as ordered
and was arrested immediately, to which


he responded, "No one lives there. I was
just looking for something to steal."

Killer K9
3000 Block ofNE 2ndAvenue
A gated window had been pried open
and broken as a burglar made his way
inside a business. Alarms had gone off
and police responded and set up a perim-
eter. Undeterred, the thief ran anyway,
dashing between the police vehicles.
However, a K9 unit had been dispatched
near the edge of the perimeter. When the
thug saw that, he stopped in his tracks
and screamed, "You got me! You got me!
Please don't let the dog bite me!" He was
arrested before the dog had a chance to
take a chomp.

Are Criminals Really
This Dumb?
2000 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
With the bad economy, amateurs have
spurred a crime wave. This hapless
criminal tried to land a big score but
wound up in a condo's trash room.
Security guards forced the door closed,
trapping him inside the dirty, skanky
room while police were summoned.
The would-be criminal's female look-
out was detained as her male friend
rolled around in filthy garbage. When
he was arrested, the man blurted out:
"I was only trespassing!"

Are Victims Really
This Dumb?
7800 Block ofN. Bayshore Drive
The victim operates a business selling
laptop computers out of his apartment.

A customer had come in and was inter-
ested in purchasing one. The customer
asked the proprietor if he could take the
laptop outside so he could get a better
view. (Perhaps he was a narcissist and
wanted to look at his reflection in the
screen?) Unfathomably, the victim (okay,
let's be honest: the idiot) let him take it
outside. He never returned. However, the
victim did say he could identify the thief.
Good luck!

Clearing Tables Literally
5500 NE 4th Ct.
A woman enjoyed a great dinner the
News Lounge, but inadvertently left
her i-Phone on the table. (Thankfully
it was one of the earlier models.) She
returned and found it was gone. From
another phone she called her own
number. A raspy voice answered and
said he would return the phone for a
fee. The woman obtained a list of num-
bers dialed from her phone since the
theft and showed it to News Lounge
management. One of the numbers
belonged to an employee, a busboy.
Restaurant security questioned him,
but he changed his story three times
during the interview. The i-Phone is
still missing. The fate of the busboy
who really knows how to clear a table
is unknown.

Lost in Translation
Design District
Sometimes police reports are either
unclear or so ridiculous they defy
comprehension and logic. According
to this police report, a woman took off

her $8000 diamond earrings and placed
them on the hood of her vehicle. (What?)
At this time a diamond aficionado (Bis-
cayne Corridor sleazebag) approached
her and started some sort of asinine con-
versation. Shortly afterward the earrings,
of course, were gone. (Huh?)

In Jail for a Buck
and a Quarter
1000 Block of I:' .u..,J ii.. Boulevard
A neighborhood lush attempted to
leave a gas station food court with a
can of beer, though apparently with
no intention of paying for it. A parked
police car was in front and an officer
entered the store. The stumbling, tipsy
man placed the can in his pocket and
walked to the other aisle. He then
placed the can, he thought inconspicu-
ously, on a rack with potato chips. This
did not fool the cop as he was arrested
on the spot. The booze was returned to
the refrigerator and the chips remained
dry. The cost of the beer: $1.29.

He Finally Did It
7100 Block oJ i:, .... i..- Boulevard
The victim was awakened by a man
standing over him in his bedroom, but
was relieved when he realized it was
only "Tattoo Mike," a former tenant.
(Ex-tenants are welcome to trespass in
his home?) He escorted Tattoo Mike to
the door and told him not to come back.
Several hours later, the landlord realized
his television was missing. When police
arrived to create the required report, the
victim stated it was "probably" Tattoo
Mike since he has .AI\.\ C" made threats
to steal the television. Must be some

Fast Food Rage
200 Block ofNE 62nd Street
The store manager at a fast food es-
tablishment admonished one of her
employees for working too slowly. The
employee flipped (not the burgers) then
ripped off his uniform and threw it into
the deep fryer. He then took his headset
off and did the same. Uniform and head-
set were destroyed as the now terminated
employee (we can assume) ran out the
front door. Next stop the Golden Arches?

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Ants and Plants

Hollow limbs make for cozy homes

ifyou're very, very \mall

By Jeff Shimonski
BT Contributor

If you have ever pruned a Triplaris
tree, you will notice that no matter
how small the branches, they have
hollow centers. Many other species of
trees and shrubs that we grow here at
Jungle Island also have branches with
hollow sections, Cecropia (sometimes
called yarumo or pumpwood) and
Clerodendrum (Glory Bower) immedi-
ately come to mind. If you look further
to other types of plants, there are orchids
like Schomburgkia with hollow pseudo-
bulbs and some Epidendrum species
with hollow stems. There are epiphytic
bromeliads like some Tillandsia species
that form bulb-like rosettes.
What do all of these different species
of plants with their hollow plant parts
have in common? They are all myrmeco-
philic, or ant plants. They all have some
kind of beneficial relationship with one
or several particular species of ants.
I learned many years ago to be
very careful what plants I grabbed or
held onto while I was hiking through
tropical forests. Touch or brush against
the wrong plant and hundreds or even
thousands of aggressive, biting or
stinging ants would come out of the
hollow stems and trunks to attack you.
The beneficial relationship between
ants and plants can be quite compli-
cated, but usually it is based upon a
favorable home for the ants and protec-
tion for the plants. Fortunately, it so far
appears that these types of aggressive
ant species have not relocated here in
South Florida to inhabit their favorite
plant species so far.


One other interesting
benefit that ants provide to
many species of plants is
dispersal of their seeds. This
we see every day. Have you
ever wondered how certain
species of plants seem to
grow in the most unlikely
places, and how did they ever
get there? The Ficus genus is
notable for strangling other
trees and growing high up on
rock walls and the concrete
embankments of express-
ways. Those seeds were
brought there by ants.
A fig or ficus fruit, if
it was pollinated, some-
times can contain hundreds
of seeds. These seeds get
dispersed by many differ-

ent species of animals, from
monkeys to birds. The seeds
get passed intact by the animal and are
deposited in one compact little pile. Now,
this would not be a very efficient way
for a plant to disperse its seeds, because
upon germination all those little ficus
plants would have to compete with each
other and most would not survive.
It just so happens that the tiny seeds
have a carbohydrate coating that ants
like to eat. The ants carry the seeds to
their nests and eat the coating, leaving
the seed intact and unharmed. Some of
the seeds germinate to eventually stran-
gle other trees or dismantle expressways.
Some of the stranger and more horti-
culturally interesting groups of ant plants
hail from Southeast Asia. These are the
tuberous epiphytes, Hydnophytum and
Myrmecodia. They are found growing in

The beautiful flowers of the Ant Tree,
Triplaris cumingiana.

very nutrient-poor areas. Their tuber-
ous bases can get quite large and are
full of tunnels and cavities. It is in these
cavities that ants live. Ants not being the
greatest of housekeepers, much debris
begins to accumulate and decompose in
the tunnels. This becomes a great source
of nutrients for the "ant plants," as they
are commonly known.
Other epiphytic species that
harbor and utilize ants in this part
of the world are species of ferns like
Lecanopteris (known simply as ant
ferns), and the very interesting and
diminutive succulent vines, Dis-
chidia. Photos of this diverse group of
epiphytes can be seen on my Web-
site www.MalaysiaFlora.com in the
gallery section titled Ant Plants. I
photographed these plants on the top

Sof a very hot rock cliff in full sun in
. Sarawak, Malaysia. These Dischidia,
Some of which are called shingle
Plants, will grow very well in South
Florida if protected from temperatures
in the low 50s.
Hydnophytum and Myrmecodia
grow very easily from seed. They should
be kept in clay pots with excellent drain-
age or grown on wood or coconut panels.
It is likely too cold in winter here to
plant them onto the trunks of trees.
These are great conversation
plants to have on a hot and sunny
balcony or patio. Both genera have
the same bulbous bases and get about
the same size but are still distinct
enough to tell apart without getting
too technical. The Hydnophytum
have smooth bases and the Myrmeco-
dia have spiny bases. There are many
different species of Dischidia that
we can also grow here, and of course
some species are easier to grow than
others. All of them are very unusual-
looking and most have quite interest-
ing flowers.
I have never seen ants here in South
Florida taking advantage of the living
quarters provided by these epiphytic ant
plants, other that the occasional wander-
ing individual, so don't worry about at-
tracting ants to your home garden if you
decide to grow these horticultural gems.

i,.jj \in,,,. ,,~-, is an ISA-certified
municipal arborist, director ofhorti-
culture at Jungle Island, and principal
of Tropical Designs ofFlorida. Contact
him atje'ff irrnf ic l 'e.\in.\ f/i,

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900 S. Miami Ave., 305-347-3700
Hamachi chiles rellenos? Shiso leaf nachos" topped with raw
spicy tuna, kaiware sprouts, and other Asian ingredients? The
Viva, a sushi roll that starts with standard Japanese (spicy tuna,
cucumber, avocado), adds Latin sabor (Jalapeno. cilantro),
wraps it in a flour tortilla, and garnishes it with heat (spicy
snow crab mix)? Miami hasn't tended to initate too many food
firsts," but this Japanese/Pan-Latin fusion place is surely one
Prices are higher than at neighborhood sushi spots, but in keep-
ing with Abokados Mary Brickell Village neighbors $$$$

1435 Brickell Ave., Four Seasons Hotel
Originally an Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, this comfortably
elegant, upscale spotswitched chefs in 2006, resulting in a
complete menu renovation Thailand's famed sense of culinary
balance is now evident throughout the global (though primarily
Asian or Latin American-inspired) menu, in dishes like yuzu/
white soya-dressed salad of shrimp tempura, a tender pork
shank gazed with spicySzechuan citrus sauce, or lunchtime's
rare tuna burger with lively wasabi aloli and wakame salad For
dessert few chocoholics can resist a buttery-crusted tartfilled
with sinfully rich warm chocolate custard $$$$$

Area 31
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
305-524-5234; www area31restaurantcom
Not that the sleek interior of this seafood restaurant (named for

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fishing area 31, stretching from the Carolinas to South America)
isn't a glamorous dining setting But wed eat outside From the
expansive terrace of the Epic condo and hotel on the Miami
River, the views of Brickells high-rises actually make Miami look
like a real city Its hard to decide whether the eats or drinks are
the most impressive The food is Impeccably fresh regional fish,
prepared in a clean Mediterranean-influenced style The cock-
tails are genuinely creative Luckily you don't have to choose
one or the other $$$-$$$$

500 Brickell Key Dr., 305-913-8254
Floor-to-ceiling picture windows showcase Biscayne Bay
But diners are more likely to focus on the sparkling raw bar
and open kitchen, where chef Clay Conley crafts imaginative
global creations many of them combinations to satisfy
those who want itall One offering, A Study in Tuna," includes
tuna sashimi, Maine crab, avocado tempura, and caviar, with
several Asian sauces Moroccan lamb is three preparations
(grilled chop, harssa-marinated loin, and bastlla, the famed
savory-sweet Middle Eastern pastry stuffed with braised shank

Ball Caf6
109 NE 2nd Ave., 305-358-5751
While Indonesian food isn't easy to find in Miami, downtown
has secret stashes small joints catering to cruise-ship and
construction workers This cute, exotically decorated cafe has
survived and thrived for good reason The homey cooking is
delicious, and the friendly family feel encourages even the tmid
of palate to try something new Novices will want Indonesia's

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signature rijsttafel, a mix-andmatch collection of small dishes
and condiments to be heaped on rice Note bring cash No

The Bar at Level 25 (Conrad Hotel)
1395 Brickell Ave., 305-503-6500
On the Conrad s 25th floor The Bar s picture-windowed space
is notjust a watering hole with panoramic views At lunch its
an elegant sandwich bar, at night its a raw bar (with pristine
coldwater oysters) and (best) a tapas bar serving pintxos Thats
justthe Basque word for tapas, but here there nothing mere
about the generously portioned small plates They range from
traditional items like cod fish equixada and saffron sauteed
Spanish artchokes to invent ve inspirations lke foie gras and
goat cheesestuffed empanadas $$$

Blu Pizzeria e Cucina
900 S. Miami Ave. (Mary Brickell Village)
305-381-8335; www.blurestaurantsgroup.com
If the super-sleek interior is too formal for you, opt for a
casual patio table while studying the menu over an order
of warm gnocchetti bread sticks, or creamy-centered suppi
alla roman (porcini-studded tomato and mozzarella rice cro
quettes) The place looks upscale but prices of even the fan-
ciest entrees don t exceed $20 The fare is wide ranging but
you canht go wrong with one of the thin-crusted brick-oven
pizzas, whether a traditional margherita or inventive asparagl
e granchi (with lump crab, lobster cream, mozzarella, and
fresh asparagus) $$-$$$

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Caf6 Sambal
500 Brickell Key Dr.
305-913-8358; www.mandarinoriental.com/miami
Though the Mandarin Oriental Hotel describes this space as its
casual hotel restaurant," many consider it a more spectacular
dining setting than the upscale Azul, upstairs, owing to the
option of dining outdoors on a covered terrace directly on the
waterfront The food is Asian-inspired, with a few Latin and
Mediterranean accents For the health-conscious, the menu
includes local choices For hedonists there's a big selection of
artisan sakes $$$-$$$$$

Miami's Finest Caribbean Restaurant
236 NE 1st Ave., 305-381-9254
Orignallyfrom Jamaica, proprietor Miss Pat has been serving
her traditional homemade island specialties to downtown office
workers and college students since the early 1990s Most
popular item here might be the weekday lunch special of jerk
chicken with festival (sweet-fried cornmeal bread patties), but
even vegetarians are well served with dishes like a tofu, carrot,
and chayote curry All entrees come with rice and peas, fried
plantains, and salad, so no one leaves hungry $

Dolores, But You Can Call Me Lolita
1000 S. Miami Ave., 305-403-3103
Its hard to figure why a Mediterranean/Latin restaurant (with
Asian touches) would be named after a line in a 1950s novel
about a New England pedophile But everything else about
this casually stylsh spot is easy to understand -and easy
on the wallet All entrees cost either $18 or $23, a price that
includes an appetizer no low-rent crapola, either, but treats
like Serrano ham croquetas, a spinach/leek tart with Portobello
mushroom sauce, or shrimp-topped eggplanttimbales The
best seats are on the rooftop patio $$$

Fresco California Bistro
1744 SW 3rd Ave., 305-858-0608
This festively decorated indoor/outdoor bistro packs a
lot of party spirit into a small space, a large variety of

food onto its menu To the familiar Latin American/Italian
equation, the owners add a touch of Cal-Mex (like Tex-
Mex but more health conscious) Menu offerings range
from designer pizzas and pastas to custardy tamales, but
the bistro's especially known for imaginative meal-size
salads, like one featuring mandarin oranges, avocado,
apple, blue cheese, raisins, candied pecans, and chicken
on a mesclun bed $$

Garcia's Seafood Grille and Fish Market
398 NW N. River Dr., 305-375-0765
Run by a fishing family for a couple of generations, this vener-
able Florida fish shack is the real thing No worries about the
seafood's freshness, on their wayto the dining deck overlooking
the Miami River, diners can view the retail fish market Best
preparations are the simplest When stone crabs are in season,
Garcia's claws are as good as Joes but considerably cheaper
The local fish sandwich is most popular grouper, yellowtail
snapper, or mahl mahl $-$$

Grimpa Steakhouse
901 Brickell Plaza, 305-455-4757
This expansive indoor/outdoor Brazilian eatery is sleekly
contemporary, but no worries The classic sword-wielding
gauchos are here, serving a mind-reeling assortment of
skewered beef, chicken, lamb, pork, sausages, and fish And
included in the price (dinner $47, lunch $34) is the tradition-
al belly-busting buffet of hot and cold prepared foods, salad,
cold cuts, and cheeses A pleasant, nontraditional surprise
unusual sauces like sweet/tart passion fruit or mint, tomato-
based BBQ, and mango chutney, along with the ubiquitous
chimichurri $$$$-$$$$$

II Gabbiano
335 S. Biscayne Blvd., 305-373-0063
Its location at the mouth of the Miami River makes this ultra-
upscale Italian spot (especially the outdoor terrace) the perfect
power lunch/business dinner alternative to steakhouses And
the culinary experience goes way beyond the typical meat mar-
ket thanks in part to the flood of freebies that's a trademark of
Manhattan's II Mulino, originally run by II Gabbianos owners
The rest of the food? Pricy, but portions are mammoth And

the champagne-cream-sauced housemade ravioli with black
truffles? Worth every penny $$$$$

638 S. Miami Ave.
305-379-1525; www.indochinebistro.com
Indochine has succeeded by morphingfrom mere restaurant
into hip hangout Copious special events draw everyone from
downtown business types to the counterculture crowd Notthat
there's anything "mere" about the range of food served from
three Asian nations Light eaters can snack on Vietnamese
summer rolls or Japanese sushi rolls For bigger appetites, there
are Thai curries and Vietnamese specialties like pho, richlyfla-
vored beef soup with meatballs, steak slices, rice noodles, and
add-in Asian herbs and sprouts $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
120 SE 3rd Ave., 305-373-2000
(See Miami Shores listing)

La Loggia Ristorante and Lounge
68 W. Flagler St.
305-373-4800; www.laloggia.org
This luxuriantly neo-classical yet warm Italian restaurant
was unquestionably a pioneer in revitalizing downtown With
alternatives like amaretto-tinged pumpkin agnolloti in sage
butter sauce and cilantro-spiced white bean/vegetable salad
dressed with truffle oil, proprietors Jennifer Porciello and
Horatio Oliveira continue to draw a lunch crowd that returns
for dinner, or perhapsjust stays on through the afternoon,
fueled by the Lawyer's Liquid Lunch, a vodka martini spiked
with sweetened espresso $$$

La Moon
144 SW 8th St., 305-860-6209
At four in the morning, nothing quells the munchies like
a Crazy Burger, a Colombian take on a trucker's burger
beef patty, bacon, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and
a fried egg, with an arepa corn pancake "bun" While this
tiny place's late hours (till 6 00 a m Friday and Saturday)
are surprising, the daytime menu is more so In addition to
Colombian classics, there's a salad Nicoise with grilled fresh
tuna, seared salmon with mango salsa, and other yuppie
favorites $-$$

Le Boudoir Brickell
188 SE 12th Terr.305-372-2333
Atthis French bakery/cafe, mornings start seriously with
choices ranging from quality cheese, charcuterle/pate, or
smoked salmon platters to chic Continental and complete
American breakfasts At lunch, generously salad-garnished,
open-faced tartines are irresistible But sophisticated salads
and homemade soups make the choice tough And do not skip
dessert Superb sweets include rich almond/fresh raspberry or
properly tangy lemon tarts, traditional Madeleines, airy layered
mousses, and addictive mini-macaroon sandwich cookies with
dally-changingfillings $-$$

Miami's Chophouse
300 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Located directly opposite Prime Blue Grille, Miami's most
intentionally female-friendly steakhouse (light decor, lightened
dishes), is Mannys, Miami's most intentionally masculine steak-
house Here, ensconced in your black leather booth, everything
is humongous dry-aged choice-grade steaks like the Bludgeon
of Beef (a boldly flavorful 40-ounce bone-in rbeye, described as
"part meat part weapon"), king crab legs that dwarf the plate,
cocktail shrimp that could swallow the Loch Ness monster
whole, two-fisted cocktails that would fell a T-Rex Not for the
frail $$$$$

1414 Brickell Ave., 305-403-0900
For those who think "Argentine cuisine" s a synonym for "beef
and more beef," this popular eaters wide range of more
cosmopolitan contemporary Argentine fare will be a revelation
Classic parrilla-grlled steaks are here for traditionalists, but
the menu is dominated by creative Nuevo Latino items like a
new-style ceviche de chernia (lightly lime-marinated grouper
with alapeios, basil, and the refreshing sweet counterpoint
of watermelon), or crab ravioli with creamy saffron sauce
Especially notable are the entree salads $$-$$$

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Red, White, and You

SAgreeable winefor $12 or less

By Bill Citara
BT Contributor

Over there it's considered one of
the world's great wines, made
in styles ranging from bone dry
to syrupy sweet, capable of aging for
decades, and a delightful companion to
all manner of foods.
Over here it's considered well,
it's hardly considered at all, is typically
made in styles ranging from tasty to
insipid, is capable of aging for days, even
weeks, and is a delightful companion to
all manner of foods if anyone actually
cared enough to buy a bottle and drink it.
That "it" would be Riesling, the
national grape of Germany, renowned in
Alsace, respected in Europe, and gener-
ally ignored in the U.S., where it ranks
somewhere between White Zinfandel
and turpentine on the enological scale.
But despite the fact that most domes-
tic Riesling seems to be consumed by
people whose local 7-Eleven is out of
Sprite, there are a handful of American
vintners producing more complex and
exciting wines Trefethen and Stony

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Oceanaire Seafood Room
900 S. Miami Ave.
With a dozen branches nationwide, Oceanaire may seem more
All-American seafood empire than Florida fish shack, but menus
vary significantly according to regional tastes and fish Here in
Miami chef Sean Bernal supplements signature starters like
lump crab cakes with his own lightly marinated, Peruvian-style
grouper ceviche The daily-changing, 15-20 specimen seafood
selection includes local fish seldom seen on local menus pom-
pano, parrot fish, amberjack But even flown-in fish (and the raw
bars cold-water oysters) are ultra-fresh $$$$

Hill in the Napa Valley, several winer-
ies in New York's Finger Lakes region.
Unfortunately these wines are produced
in small quantities, are hard to find, and
exceed our skinflint price limit.
Still, even on the other side of the
tracks, where we drink, you can get
some pretty good Riesling for the money.
Styles range from dry to varying degrees
of sweetness, offering a smoky mineral-
ity, lush floral flavors, or some combina-
tion of the two, which make it a good
match with spicy Asian or Latin dishes,
as well as a simple, pleasing pour at the
beach or in your backyard.
Jekel Vineyards is probably one of
the best California wineries you've never
heard of, and its 2007 Riesling sourced
from cool-climate Monterey County vine-
yards best suited to the grape was easily
the best of the tasting. Smooth, elegant,
with unusual complexity for the price, its
creamy texture, beguiling flavors of ripe
peaches and apricots, and long lemon-
orange finish should make it appealing to
wine phobes and philes alike.
On the drier side of the equation
are a pair of New World Rieslings, the

1414 Brickell Ave.
The original branch on Lincoln Road was instantly popular, and
the same healthy Middle Eastern fast food is served at several
newer outlets The prices are low enough that you might sus-
pect Pasha's was a tax write-off rather than a Harvard Business
School project, which it was by founders Antonio Ellek and
Nicolas Cortes Dishes range from falafel and gyros to more
unusual items like muhammara (tangy walnut spread) and silky
labneh yogurt cheese Everything from pltas to lemonade is
made fresh, from scratch, daily $-$$
Peoples Bar-B-Que
360 NW 8th St., 305-3738080
Oak-smoked, falling-off-the-bone tender barbecued ribs

nonvintage Pacific Rim
and the 2007 Yalumba. The
Pacific Rim is the antithesis
of sweetish, floral Rieslings;
instead it is flinty to the
point of austerity with a
tangy mineral edge. The
Yalumba, from southern
Australia, adds a bit more
orange and peach fruit
to the mix, giving it a
Meyer lemon-like soft-
ness and backing off
the minerals.
Somewhere in the
middle are the 2007
Chateau Ste. Michelle
and a German import,
the 2007 Blitz (curi-
ous name, no?). The
Ste. Michelle is very
fruity, almost can-
died, with a bit of
spritz on the palate
and flavors of orange,
honeysuckle, and white
peach. The Blitz deliv-
ers a richer texture and

(enhanced with a secret sauce whose recipe goes back
several generations) are the main draw at this Overtown
institution But the chicken is also a winner, plus there's a
full menu of soul food entrees, including what many aflclo-
nados consider our town's tastiest souse And it would be
unthinkable to call it quits without homemade sweet potato
pie or banana pudding, plus a bracing flop half iced tea,
half lemonade $-$$
15 SE 10th St.
305-374-9449; www.perricones.com
Housed in a Revolutionary-era barn (moved from
Vermont), this market/cafe was one of the Brickell area's
first gentrlfled amenities At lunch chicken salad is a
favorite, dinner's strong suit is the pasta list, ranging
from Grandma Jennie's old-fashioned lasagna to chichi
flocchi purses filled with fresh pear and gorgonzola And

more complexity, with smoke and citrus
aromas and an initial sweetness that
gives way to mild lemon-lime flavors.
Sweet teeth will ache for the 2008
Petals, a low-alcohol wine (9.5 percent)
from Germany with a colorful floral
label. Inside is a very floral, tropically
fruity wine with just enough acidity to
keep it honest, a good wine for barbe-
cues and the beach, and at $7.99, a Ries-
ling worth caring enough to actually buy.

The Jekel is available at the
Aventura ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
(16355 Biscayne Blvd., 305-944-
6525) for $10.99. The Pacific Rim
and Chateau Ste. Michelle are
at the North Miami Crown Wine
& Spirits (12555 Biscayne Blvd.,
305-892-9463) for $7.99 and
$9.99, respectively. At the North
Miami Total Wine & More (14750
Biscayne Blvd., 305-354-3270)
are the Yalumba ($9.99), Blitz
($8.99), and Petals ($7.99).

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Sunday's $15 95 brunch buffet ($9 95 for kids) fea-
turing an omelet station, waffles, smoked salmon and
bagels, salads, and more remains one of our town's
most civilized all-you-can-eat deals $$
Provence Grill
1001 S. Miami Ave., 305-373-1940
The cozy dining room (and even more charming outdoor ter-
race) evoke the south of France But the menu of French bistro
classics covers all regions country-style pate mason with onion
jam, roasted peppers, and cornichons, steak/frites (grilled nb-
eye with peppercorn cream sauce, fries, and salad), and four
preparations of mussels Deal alert An early-bird prx-fixe menu
(5 30-7 30 p m ) offers soup or salad, entree, dessert, and a
carafe of wine for $44 per couple $$$-$$$$

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The River Oyster Bar
650 S. Miami Ave., 305-530-1915
This casually cool jewel is a full-service seafood spot as evi-
denced bytempting menu selections like soft-shell crabs with
grilled vegetables, corn relish, and remoulade There are even
a few dishes to please meat-and-potatoes diners, like short ribs
with macaroni and cheese But oyster fans will find it difficult to
resist stuffing themselves silly on the unusually large selection,
especially since oysters are served both raw and cooked fire-
roasted with sofrto butter, chorizo, and manchego There's also
a thoughtful wine list and numerous artisan beers on tap $$$

Rosa Mexicano
900 S. Miami Ave., 786-425-1001
This expansive indoor/outdoor space offers a dining expe-
rience that's haute in everything but price Few entrees
top $20 The decor is both date-worthy and family-friendly
- festive but not kitschy And nonsophisticates needn't
fear, though nachos aren't available, there is nothing
scary about zarape de pato (roast duck between freshly
made, soft corn tortillas, topped with yellow-and-habane-
ro-pepper cream sauce), or Rosa's signature guacamole
en molcajete, made tableside A few pomegranate mar-
garitas ensure no worries $$$

Soya & Pomodoro
120 NE 1st St., 305-381-9511
Life is complicated Food should be simple That's owner
Armando Alfano's philosophy, which is stated above the
entry to his atmospheric downtown eatery And since
it's also the formula for the truest traditional Italian food
(Alfano halls from Pompeii), its fitting that the menu is
dominated by authentically straightforward yet sophisti-
cated Italian entrees There are salads and sandwiches,
too The most enjoyable place to dine is the secret, open-
air courtyard Alfano serves dinner on Thursdays only to
accompany local musicians and artists $-$$

Taste of Bombay
111 NE 3rd Ave.; 305-358-0144
Depending mostly on the predominant nationalities of down-
town construction workers at any given time, Taste of Bombay
has also served sushi, Philippine, and Chinese food Best
bet though, is the all-you-can-eat Indian buffet lunch spread,
featuring six changing entrees (a mix of meat, poultry fish, and
vegetable curries) plus veggie pakoras, rice, salad, chutneys,
hot naan bread, and a dessert The place looks plain outside,
but its pleasantly exotic enough inside for a bargain business
lunch $$

Tobacco Road
626 S. Miami Ave., 305-374-1198
Prohibition-era speakeasy (reputedly a fave of Al Capone), gay
bar, strip club Previously all these, this gritty spot has been best
known since 1982 as a venue for live music, primarily blues
But it also offers food from lunchtime to late night (on week-
ends tll 4 00 a m) The kitchen is especially known for its chill,
budget-priced steaks, and burgers There's also surprisingly
elegant fare, though, like a Norwegian salmon club with lemon
aioli A meat-smoker in back turns out tasty ribs $$

Midtown / Wynwood / Design District

Adelita's Caf6
2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262
From the street (which is actually NE 26th, not Bcayne)the
Honduran restaurantseems unpromising, but inside its bigger,
better, and busier than it looks Unlike many Latin American eater-
es, this one stcks close to the source and proves a crowd-pleaser
On weekends especially, the dining rooms are packed with families
enjoying authentic fare like baleadas (thick corn tacos), tajadas
(Hondurass take on tostones), rich meal-in-a-bowl soups packed
with seafood or meat and veggies, and more $

2010 Biscayne Blvd.
At this Indian eatery the decor is cool and contemporary
muted gray and earth-tone walls, tasteful burgundy ban-
quettes And the menu touts "Modern Indian Cuisine"

to match the look Classicists, however, needn't worry
America's favorite familiar north Indian flavors are here,
though dishes are generally more mildly spiced and present-
ed with modern flair All meats are certified halal, Islam's
version of kosher which doesn't mean that observant
orthodox Jews can eat here, but Muslims can $$$

Bin No. 18
1800 Biscayne Blvd.
At this wine bar/cafe, the decor is a stylish mix of
contemporary (high loft ceilings) and Old World (tables
made from wine barrels) Cuisine is similarly geared to
the area's smart new residents creative sandwiches
and salads at lunch, tapas and larger internationally
themed Spanish, Italian, or French charcuterie platters at
night Though the place is small and family-run friendly,
chef Alfredo Patino offers sophisticated snacks like the
figclutto arugula, gorgonzola dolce, caramelized onions,
pine nuts, fresh figs, and prosciutto Free parking behind
the building $$

Buena Vista Bistro
4582 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-5909
If a neighborhood eatery like this one -which serves supremely
satisfying bistro food -were within walking distance of every
Miami resident we'd be a helluva hip food town Like true
Parisian bistros, its open continuously, everyday, with prices so
low that you can drop in anytme for authentic rlllettes (a rustic
pate) with a crusty baguette, steak with from-scratch frites,
salmon atop ratatoullle, or many changing blackboard specials
Portions are plentiful So is free parking $$

Captain Joe Seafood & Pasta Grill
3401 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
This Shops at Midtown eatery begins at 8 00 a m with with
eggs, pancakes, French toast and bagels After that its a
seafood-oriented menu of fast-casual food Best values are
combo platters such as shrimp and a grilled kebab, a hefty fried
or grilled fish sandwich, or a Caribbean paella The last is more
like a pilaf than Spain's saffron-rich creation, but is packed with
enough mussels, fish, calamari, chicken, and small shrimp to
feed two $

The Daily Creative Food Co.
2001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4535
While the food formula of this contemporary cafe is familiar
- sandwiches, salads, soups, breakfast food, and pastries,
plus coffee and fruit drinks a creative concept differenti-
ates the place Signature sandwiches are named after
national and local newspapers, including Biscayne Times,
giving diners something to chat about Sandwiches and
salads can also be do-it-yourself projects, with an unusually
wide choice of main ingredients, garnishes, breads, and con-
diments for the creatively minded $

Delicias Peruanas
2590 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-4634
Seafood is the specialty at this pleasant Peruvian spot, as
it was at the nearby original Delicias, run by members of
the same family The food is as tasty as ever, especially the
reliably fresh traditional ceviches, and for those who like
their fish tangy but cooked, a mammoth jalea platter As for
nonseafood stuff, Peru practically invented fusion cuisine (in
the 1800s), such as two traditional noodle dishes tallerin
saltado and tallerin verde $$

18th Street Caf6
210 NE 18th St.
305-381-8006; www.l8thstreetcafe.com
Most of the seating in this cool little breakfast/lunch room
is in a sort of giant bay window, backed with banquettes,
that makes the space feel expansive This pioneer-
ing place deserves to survive, even if just considering
the roast beef sandwich with creamy horseradish an
inspired classic combination that makes one wonder why
more places in this town don't serve it Other culinary
highlights include a turkey/pear/cheddar melt sandwich,
and really sinful marshmallow-topped brownies $

Five Guys Famous Burger and Fries
3401 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
305-571-8345; www.fiveguys.com
No green-leaf faux health food here You get what the
name says, period, with three adds kosher dogs, veg-
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will, just a bit, since burgers are made fresh upon order
Available in double or one-patty sizes, they're well-done
but spurtingly juicy, and after loading with your choice of
free garnishes, even a "little" burger makes a major meal
Fries (regular or Cajun-spiced) are also superior, hand-cut
in-house from sourced potatoes $

Fratelli Lyon
4141 NE 2nd Ave.
305-572-2901; www.fratellilyon.com
This Italian cafe has been packed since the moment it opened
No surprise to any who recall owner Ken Lyon's pioneering Lyon
Freres gourmet store on Lincoln Road (1992-97), anotherjoint
that was exactly what its neighborhood needed The restau-
rants artsan salumi, cheeses, flavorful boutque olive oils, and
more are so outstanding that you can't help wishing it also had
a retail component Entrees include properly al dente pastas,
plus some regional specialties like Venetan-style calves liver,
rarely found outside Italy $$$

28 NE 40th St.; 305-573-3355
Chef Michael Jacobs's menu travels beyond pan-Asian and
Mediterranean influences into the Americas Entrees range
from comfort food (cunningly reinvented mini pot pies) to high-
status extravagance (stone-seared, authentic Kobe steak) For
healthy grazers, raw-bar selections include ceviches and a large
seafood platter There's also a snack menu (pristne coldwater
oysters, a crab salad tmbale, parmesan-truffle shoestring fries,
mini-Kobe burgers) served till the wee hours, providing a wel-
come alternative to the Boulevards fast food chains $$-$$$$$

Joey's Italian Caf6
2506 NW 2nd Ave.
The first new restaurant in the Wynwood Cafe District this
stylish indoor/outdoor Italian hangout is as casually cool as
one would hope and as affordable There's a five-buck
half-serving of spaghetti al pomodoro and respectable vino for
under $30 And few can resist delicatelythin, crunchy-crusted
pizzas like the create Dolce e Piccante or orgasmic Carbonara
Pastas are fresh, produce is largely local, the mosaic-centered
decor is minimalist but inviting And no need to be wary of the
warehouse district at night Valet parking is free $$-$$$

Kafa Caf6
3535 NE 2nd Ave.
Operated by a brother/sister team (both originally from
Ethiopia), nothing on the breakfast and lunch menus tops
$8, and portions feed an army (or several starving art-
ists) Signature item is the formidable Kafa Potato Platter
- home fries mixed with bacon, ham, peppers, onion,
and cheese, accompanied by eggs, fresh fruit, and bread
Lunch's burgers, salads, and overstuffed sandwiches
come with homemade soup or other sides, plus fruit
Dinner features an authentic Ethiopian menu, plus beer
and wine selections $-$$

Latin Caf6 2000
2501 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-3838
The menu is similar to that at many of our town's Latin
cafes, largely classic Cuban entrees and sandwiches, with a

smattering of touches from elsewhere in Latn America, such
as a Peruvian jalea mixta (marinated mixed seafood), or paella
Valenciana from Spain, which many Miami eateries consider a
Latin country Whatjustifles the new millennium moniker is the
more modern, yuppified/yucafled ambiance, encouraged by an
expansive, rustc wooden deck $$

Lemoni Caf6
4600 NE 2nd Ave.
The menu here reads like your standard sandwiches/salads/
starters primer What it doesn't convey is the freshness of the
ingredients and the care that goes into their use Entree-size
salads range from an elegant spinach (goat cheese, pears,
walnuts, raisins) to chunky homemade chicken salad on a bed
of mixed greens Sandwiches (cold baguette subs, hot pressed
paninis, or wraps, all accompanied by side salads) include a
respectable Cuban and a veggie wrap with a deceptively rich-
tasting light salad cream $-$$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
3201 N. Miami Ave. (Shops at Midtown)
Like its South Beach predecessor, this Lime was an instant hit,
as much for being a hip new Midtown hangout as for its careful-
ly crafted Tex-Mex food The concept is "fast casual" rather than
fast food meaning nice enough for a night out It also means
ingredients are always fresh Seafood tacos are about as exotic
as the menu gets, but the mahl mahl for fish tacos comes
from a local supplier, and salsas are housemade daily Niceties
include low-carb tortillas and many Mexican beers $

Lost & Found Saloon
185 NW 36th St., 305-576-1008
There's an artsy/alternative feel to this casual and friendly
Wynwood eatery, which, since opening as a weekday-only
breakfast and lunch joint in 2005, has grown with its neigh-
borhood Its now open for dinner six nights a week, serving
Southwestern-style fare at rock-bottom prices Dishes like pRion
and pepita-crusted salmon, chipotledrizzled endive stuffed with
lump crab, or customizable tacos average $5-$8 Also available
big breakfasts and salads, hearty soups, housemade pastries
like lemon-crusted wild berry pie, and a hip beer and wine list $

Maino Churrascaria
2201 Biscayne Blvd.
This very upscale Brazilian steakhouse has all the features you
expect including all-you-can-eat meats carved tableside and a
lavish buffet What sets Mano apartfrom typical rodizio palaces
is its family-run feel, intimate rather than intimidating, plus its
attention to every detail While its rare at most rodizio joints
to get meat done less than medium, Maino will cook to order
One other welcome difference There are a la carte starters and
pastas for lighter eaters and noncarnivores, and some lunch
specials Free parking, too $$-$$$$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St.
(See North Miami listing)

Michael's Genuine Food and Drink
130 NE 40th St.
An instant smash hit, this truly neighborhood-oriented res-
taurant from chef Michael Schwartz offers down-to-earth
fun food in a comfortable, casually stylish indoor/outdoor

setting Fresh, organic ingredients are emphasized, but
dishes range from cutting-edge (crispy beef cheeks with
whipped celeriac, celery salad, and chocolate reduction) to
simple comfort food deviled eggs, homemade potato chips
with pan-fried onion dip, or a whole wood-roasted chicken
There's also a broad range of prices and portion sizes to
encourage frequent visits Michael's Genuine also features
an eclectic, affordable wine list and a full bar $$-$$$$

Mike's at Venetia
555 NE 15th St., 9th floor, 305-374-5731
This family-owned Irish pub, on the pool deck of the Venetia
condo, for more than 15 years has been a popular lunch and
dinner hangout for local journalists and others who appreciate
honest cheap eats and drinks Regulars know daily specials are
the wayto go Dependingon the day fish, churrasco, or roast
turkey with all the trimmings are all prepared fresh Big burgers
and steak dinners are always good A limited late-night menu
provides pizza, wings, ribs, and salad till 3 00 a m $-$$

3221 NE 2nd Ave., 786-953-8003
Ultra-thin, crisp-crusted pizzas Made-from-scratch specials like
green bean and parmesan soup, or prosciutto and mozzarella-
stuffed gnocchi that you really have not seen on every other
menu in town High-quality ingredients, wine and beer, low
prices, enthusiastic hands-on owners committed to arts-ori-
ented creativity A comfortable hang-out atmosphere This tny
cafe, where "processed food" is a dirty word, has it all -except
a high-visibility location or media hype So discover t for your-
selves (Theres ample free street parking too) $-$$

Orange Caf6 + Art
2 NE 40th St., 305-571-4070
The paintings hanging in this tiny, glass-enclosed cafe are for
sale And for those who don't have thousands of dollars to shell
out for the local art on the walls, less than ten bucks will get
you art on a plate, including a Picasso chorizo, prosciutto, man-
chego cheese, baby spinach, and basil on a crusty baguette
Other artfully named and crafted edibles include salads, daily
soups, several pastas (like the Matisse, flocchi pouches filled
with pears and cheese), and house-baked pastries $

Out of the Blue Caf6
2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-3800
Forget impersonal chain coffeehouses This artist-friendly,
independent neighborhood cafe serves a full selection
of coffee drinks made with the award-winning beans of
Intelligentsia, a roasting company that works directly with
artisan growers to encourage sustainable agriculture Also
served breakfast and lunch sandwiches, imaginative salads,
soups, homemade pastries, and creamy fresh-fruit smooth-
ies With tables, sofas, and lounge chairs inside an old
Midtown house, plus free wireless Internet access, the space
is alsojust a pleasant place to hang out $

Pacific Time
35 NE 40th St.
Everyone knew Jonathan Eismann's original Pacific Time, for
many years Lincoln Road's only serious restaurant How differ-
ent is its new incarnaton? Very, and it's all good, starting with
far superior acoustics, an admirably green ecological policy
and a neighborhood-friendly attitude While the addition of
Mediterranean influences to the Pacific Rim menu may sound

confusing trust us A meal that includes a butter-grilled aspara-
gus with prosciutto, soft-cooked egg Milanese, and preserved
lemon, plus an Asian-accented creamy corn/leek soup with
Peeky Toe crab dumplings, coriander, and mustard oil makes
perfect sense on the tongue $$-$$$$

3801 N. Miami Ave.
(See Brickell/Downtown listing)

2905 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-0900
Dainty designer pizzas? At this New York-style pizzeria, it's
all about heftiness A special slice/soda deal features two
pizza triangles bigger than most Miami mini-skirts Whole
pies come medium (large), large (huge), and extra-large
(think truck tire) And with fully loaded pizzas like the
Supreme Meat Lover priced only a few bucks more than a
basic tomato/ cheese, it pays to think big about toppings
too Other Italian-American fare is also available, notably
pastas and subs $-$$

1717 N. Bayshore Dr., 305-371-9055
The imposing, cavernous lobby of the Grand doesn't have that
"do drop in" locals' hangout vibe But this lively Italian spot is
actually a great addition to the neighborhood The pizzas alone
- brick-oven specimens with toppings ranging from classic
pepperoni to prosciutto/arugula would be draw enough But
pastas also please diners' choice of starch, with mix-and-match
sauces and extras And the price is right with few entrees top-
ping $20 The capper Its open past midnight every day but
Sunday $$

Sake Room
275 NE 18th St., 305-755-0122
Sake takes a back seat to sushi and sophisticated
decor at this small but sleek restolounge Among the
seafood offerings, you won't find exotica or local catches,
but all the usual sushi/sashimi favorites, though in
more interesting form, thanks to sauces that go beyond
standard soy spicy srlracha, garlic/ponzu oil, and many
more Especially recommended the yuzu hamachi roll,
the lobster tempura maki, and panko-coated spicy shrimp
with hot-and-sour mayo and a salad $$-$$$

S & S Diner
1757 NE 2nd Ave.
Some things never change, or so it seems at this classic
diner Open since 1938, people still line up on Saturday
mornings, waiting for a seat at the counter and enormous
breakfasts corned beef hash or crab cakes and eggs
with grits, fluffy pancakes, homemade biscuits with gravy
and Georgia sausage everything from oatmeal to eggs
Benedict The lunch menu is a roll call of the usual suspects,
but most regulars ignore the menu and go for the daily
blackboard specials $-$$

Sra. Martinez
4000 NE 2nd Ave.
No Biscayne Corridor resident needs to be told that this
lively tapas bar is the second restaurant that Upper Eastside
homegrrrl Michelle Bernstein has opened in the area But its

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no absentee celebrity-chef gig Bernsteln is hands-on at both
places Her exuberant yet firmly controlled personal touch is
obvious in nearly four dozen hot and cold tapas on the menu
Items are frequently reinvented Keepers include wild mush-
room/manchego croquetas with figjam, white bean stew, crisp-
coated artchokes with lemon/coriander dip, and buttery bone
marrow piqued with Middle Eastern spices and balanced by tny
pickled salads $$$

Tony Chan's Water Club
1717 N. Bayshore Dr.
The decor at this upscale place, located in the Grand, looks too
glitzy to serve anything but politely Americanized Chinese food
But the American dumbing-down is minimal Many dishes are
far more authentic and skillfully prepared than those found
elsewhere in Miami, like delicate but flavorful yu pan quail
Moist sea bass fillet has a beautifully balanced topping of scal-
lion, ginger, cilantro, and subtlysweet/saltysauce And Peking
duck is served as three traditional courses crepe-wrapped
crispy skin, meat sauteed with crisp veggies, savory soup to
finish $$-$$$

W Wine Bistro
3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775
Both bistro and retail wine shop, this Design District spot is
run by Florent Blanchet, an energetic young Frenchman who
was previously a wine distributor His former gig led to con-
nections that mean if wine lovers don't find the bottle they
want, Blanchet can probably get it within 24 hours Food is
sophisticated light bites like a shrimp club sandwich with
pancetta and sun-dried tomato aioli, and smoked duck salad
with goat cheese croutons and a poached egg At night there
are tapas $-$$

Zuperpollo Biztro Reztocafe
3050 Biscayne Blvd.
This bistro is a branch of the popular Uruguayan eatery
Zuperpollo, on Coral Way since 1986 It's way in back,

past a guard desk and an elevator bank, behind an
unmarked door Diners who find it discover an extensive
pan-Latin menu of breakfast food, salads, substantial
meat and fish entrees, homemade pastas and soups,
desserts, and sandwiches, including Uruguay's famed,
overstuffed chivito, sometimes called "a heart attack on a
bun And naturally, from the rotissere, there's the zigna-
ture zuper chicken $-$$

Upper Eastside

5600 Biscayne Blvd.
305-762-5751; www.andiamopizza.com
Sharing a building with a long-established Morningside car
wash, Andiamo is also part of Mark Soyka's 55th Street
Station which means ditching the car (in the complex's
free lot across the road on NE 4th Court) is no problem even
if you're not getting your vehicle cleaned while consuming
the brick-oven pies (from a flaming open oven) that are this
popular pizzeria's specialty, along with executive chef Frank
Crupi's famed Philly cheese steak sandwiches Also avail-
able are salads and panini plus reasonably priced wines and
beers, including a few unusually sophisticated selections like
Belgium's Hoegaarden $$

Anise Taverna
620 NE 78th St.
305-758-2929; www.anisetaverna.com
The new owners of this river shack are banking on Greek food
and festvityfor success -a good bet, judging from their wildly
popular previous eatery, Ouzo The mainly mezze menu ranges
from traditional Greek small plates to creative Mediterranean-
inspired dishes like anisescented fish croquettes with
spicy aioli But don't neglect large plates like whole grilled
Mediterranean fish (dorade or branzino), filleted tableside The
interior is charming, and the outdoor deck on the Little River is
positively romantic $$-$$$

916 NE 79th St., 305-757-7735
This strip of 79th Street is rapidly becoming a cool alt-
culture enclave thanks to inviting hangouts like this rustic

indoor/outdoor Brazilian restaurant and bar Especially
bustling on nights featuring live music, it's even more fun
on Sunday, when the fenced backyard hosts an informal
fair and the menu includes Brazil's national dish, feijoada,
a savory stew of beans plus fresh and cured meats
But the everyday menu, ranging from unique, tapas-like
pastels to hefty Brazilian entrees, is also appealing and
budget-priced $$

Le Caf6
7295 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-6551
For anyone who can't get over thinking of French food as intmi-
datng or pretentous, this cute cafe with a warm welcome, and
family-friendly French home cooking, is the antidote No fancy
food (or fancy prices) here, just classic comfort food like onion
soup, escargot, daily fresh oysters, boeuf bourguignon (think
Ultimate Pot Roast), Nicose salad, quiche, and homemade
creme brulee A respectable beer and wine list is a welcome
addition, as is the housemade sangria Top price for entrees is
about$14 $-$$

5132 Biscayne Blvd., 305-756-3930
When this little neighborhood oasis opened, the formula was
Cuban cooking at lunch, Catalan tapas at night The menu
is now more uniform contemporarySpanish and pan-Latin
tapas, sandwiches, salads, sides, and entrees at all hours,
just a far more elaborate selection at night The tapas list is
impressive, with an unusually large selection of seafood and
vegetarian items such as spinach sauteed with pine nuts
and raisins Don't miss the ultra-creamy croquetas, grilled
asparagus with aioli, and habit-forming Brazilian cheese
bread $-$$$

Captain Crab's Take-Away
1100 NE 79th St., 305-754-2722
The drivethrough window says "fast food," and so do this long-
lived seafood shack's low prices But there the resemblance
ends For about the price of a bucket of the Colonel's chicken
you can get a bucket of the Captain's savory garlic crabs The
Kngs burger meal or the Captain's similarly priced fried (or gar-
lic boiled or New Orleans-spiced) shrimp meal? No contest Also
popular crab cakes and conch For fish haters, spicy or garlic
chicken wings are an opton $-$$

Casa Toscana
7001 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-3353
Tuscan-born chef/owner Sandra Stefani cooked at
Norman's before opening this Upper Eastside jewel,
whose 30 original seats have been supplemented by
a wine room/garden for tasting events and private
dining Stefani travels regularly to Italy to find excit-
ing, limited-production wines and inspiration for truly
Tuscan specials with honest, authentic flavors, such
as grilled wild boar sausages with lentil croquettes
Menu favorites include pear and ricotta raviolini, grilled
eggplant slices rolled around herbed goat cheese and
sun-dried tomatoes, and a light ricotta tart with lemon
and rosemary $$$

Che Sopranos
7251 Biscayne Blvd., 305-7548282
This branch of a Miami Beach Italian/Argentine pizzeria,
housed in a charming bungalow and featuring a breezy
patio, covers multicultural bases If the Old World Rucola
pizza (a classic Margherlta topped with arugula, pro-
sclutto, and shredded parmesan) doesn't do the trick, the
New World Especial (a Latin pie with hearts of palm and
boiled eggs) just might Also available are pastas, salads,
sandwiches, dinner entrees (eggplant parmigiana with
spaghetti, lomito steak with Argentinean potato salad),
and desserts (tiramisu or flan) $

Chef Creole
200 NW 54th St., 305-754-2223
Sparkling fresh Creole-style food is the star at chef/owner
Wilkinson Sejour's two tiny but popular establishments
While some meatier Haitlan classics like grlot (fried pork
chunks) and oxtail stew are also available and a $3 99
roast chicken special seafood is the specialty here
crevette en sauce (steamed shrimp with Creole butter
sauce), lambi frl (perfectly tenderized fried conch), pois-
son gros sel (local snapper in a spicy butter sauce), garlic
or Creole crabs The Miami branch has outdoor tiki-hut
dining $-$$

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Dogma Grill
7030 Biscayne Blvd.
What could induce downtown businessmen to drive to the
Upper Eastside to eat at a few outdoor-only tables just feet
from the busy Boulevard? From the day it opened, people
have been lining up for this stand's sauce-garnished, all-
beef, soy veggie, turkey, and chicken hot dogs The 22 varl-
etles range from simple to the elaborate (the Athens, topped
with a Greek salad, including extra-virgin olive oil dressing) to
near-unbelievable combinations like the VIP, which includes
parmesan cheese and crushed pineapple New addition
thick, juicy burgers $

East Side Pizza
731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351
Minestrone, sure But a pizzeria menu with carrot ginger soup?
Similarly many Italian-American pizzerias offer entrees like
spaghetti and meatballs, but EastSide also has pumpkin ravioli
in brown butter/sage sauce, wild mushroom ravioli, and other
surprisingly upscale choices, including imported Peronl beer
As for the pizza, they are classic pies, available whole or by the
slice, made with fresh plum tomato sauce and Grande mozza-
rella (considered the top American pizza cheese) Best seating
for eating is at the sheltered outdoor picnic tables $

El Q-Bano Palacio de los Jugos
8650 Biscayne Blvd.
In case you were wondering if its too good to be true
- it isn't El Q-Bano s owners are indeed related to the
family that operates the original three Palacios de los
Jugos which means no more schlepping way out west
Recommended are moist tamales, tasty sandwiches (espe-
cially the drippingly wonderful pan con lechon), rich flan,
and the fresh tropical juices that justify the aforementioned
excesses For even heartier eaters, there's a changing buffet
of dailyspecials and sides $-$$

Europa Car Wash and Caf6
6075 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-2357
Giving new meaning to the food term fusion," Europa
serves up sandwiches, salads, car washes, coffee with
croissants, and Chevron with Techron Snacks match
the casual chicness sandwiches like the Renato (pro-
sclutto, hot capplcola, pepper jack cheese, red peppers,
and Romano cheese dressing), an elaborate almond-
garnished Chinese chicken salad, H&H bagels, the world's
best, flown in from NYC And the car cleaning are equally
gentrlfled, especially on Wednesdays, when ladies are
pampered with $10 washes and glasses of sparkling wine
while they walt $

Garden of Eatin'
136 NW 62nd St., 305-754-8050
Housed in a yellow building that's nearly invisible from the
street, the Garden has the comfortable feel of a beach
bar, and generous servings of inexpensive Afro-Caribbean
vegan food Large or small plates, with salad and fried
sweet plantains (plus free soup for eat-in lunchers), are
served for five or seven bucks Also available are snacks
like vegetarian blue corn tacos, desserts like sweet potato
pie, and a breakfast menu featuring organic blueberry
waffles with soy sausage patties $

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7601 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-7229
Home-meal replacement, geared to workaholics with
no time to cook, has been popular for years But the
Gourmet Station has outlasted most of the competition
Main reason deceptive healthiness These are meals
that are good for you, yet taste good enough to be bad for
you Favorite items include precision-grilled salmon with
lemon-dill yogurt sauce, and lean turkey meatloaf with
homemade BBQ sauce sin-free comfort food Food is
available a la carte or grouped in multimeal plans custom-
ized for individual diner's nutritional needs $$

Jimmy's East Side Diner
7201 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-3692
Open for more than 30 years, Jimmys respects the most impor-
tantAmerican diner tradition Breakfast at any hour Admittedly
the place closes at 4 00 p m, but still There are blueberry hot
cakes and pecan waffles, eggs anystyle, including omelets
and open-face frittatas, and a full range of sides biscuits and
sausage gravy, grits, hash, hash browns, even hot oatmeal Also
available are traditional diner entrees (meat loaf, roast turkey,
liver and onions), plus burgers, salad platters, and homemade
chicken soup $-$$

6708 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-0074
This Indoor/outdoor sports bar serves low-priced but high-
quality steaks, plus more typical bar food that's actually
far from the usual processed stuff Philly cheese steak
sandwiches, big enough for two, are made from hand-
sliced rib eye, sides include fries and beer-battered onion
rings, but also lightly lemony sauteed spinach And the
burgers rule, particularly the Doomsday, a cheese/bacon/
mushroom-topped two-pound monster that turns dinner
into a competitive sport No hard liquor, but the beer list
makes up for it $$

Luna Caf6
4770 Biscayne Blvd., 305-573-5862
The ground floor of the Wachovia Bank building may not seem
a particularly evocative locale for an Italian eatery but once
inside, the charming decor and the staffs ebullient welcome
indeed are reminiscent of a cafe in Italy The kitchen's outstand-
ing feature is a brick oven, which turns out designer pizzas and
crisp-skinned roast chickens Otherwise the menu holds few
surprises except the prices, unusually low for such a stylish
place No dish exceeds $22 $$-$$$

Magnum Lounge
709 NE 79th St., 305-757-3368
Its a restaurant Its a lounge But its decidedly not a typical
Miami restolounge, or like anything else in Miami Forbidding
from the outside, on the inside its like a time-trip to a cabaret
in pre-WWll Berlin bordello-red decor, romantically dim light-
ing, show-tune live piano bar entertainment, and to match the
ambiance, elegantly updated retro food served with style and
a smile For those feeling flush, home-style fried chicken is just
like mom used to make- in her wildest dreams $$$

Metro Organic Bistro
7010 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-8756
Big changes have come to Karma the car wash, the first
being a separate new name for the revamped restaurant
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where simple preparations reveal and enhance natural
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doors on the patio Beer and wine $-$$$

6927 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-2001
Don't even ask why Michele Bernstein, with a top-chef resume,
not to mention regular Food Network appearances, opened
a homey restaurant in an emerging but far from fully gentrl-
fled neighborhood Just be glad she did, as you dine on white
almond gazpacho or impossibly creamy ham and blue cheese
crouetas Though mostfull entrees also come in half-size
portions (at almost halved prices), the tab can add up fast The
star herself is usually in the kitchen Parking in the rear off 69th
Street $$$-$$$$

7100 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3999
Lke its Brickell-area sibling Indochine, this friendlyAsian bistro
servesfarefrom three nations Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam
Menus are also similar, split between traditional dishes like pad
Thai and East/West fusion creations like the Vampire sushi roll
(shrimp tempura, tomato, cilantro, roasted garlic) But it also
carves out its own identity with original creatons, includingyel-
low curry-spiced fried rice Nearly everything is low in sodium,
fat and calories A large rear pato is invitingfor dining and
entertainment $$-$$$

Moshi Moshi
7232 Biscayne Blvd.
This offspring of South Beach old-timer Moshi Moshl is
a cross between a sushi bar and an izakaya (Japanese
tapas bar) Even more striking than the hip decor is the
food's unusually upscale quality Sushi ranges from
pristine individual nigirl to over-the-top maki rolls Tapas
are intriguing, like arablki sausage, a sweet-savory pork
fingerling frank, rarely found in restaurants even in Japan,
they're popular Japanese home-cooking items And rice-
based plates like Japanese curry (richer/sweeter than
Indian types) satisfy even the biggest appetites $-$$$

News Lounge
5582 NE 4th Ct.
305-758-9932; www.the55thststation.com
Mark Soyka's new News is, as its name suggests, more a
friendly neighborhood hangout and watering hole than a full-
fledged eatery Nevertheless the menu of light bites is along
with other lures like an inviting outdoor pato and rest rooms
that resemble eclectic art galleries part of the reason visitors
stayfor hours Especially recommended are fat mini-burgers
with chipotle ketchup, a brie, turkey, and mango chutney
sandwich on crusty baguette, and what many feel is the original
cafes Greatest Hit creamy hummus with warm pita $

Red Light
7700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-7773
From the rustc al fresco deck of chef Kris Wessel's intention-
ally downwardly mobile retro-cool riverfront restaurant you can
enjoy regional wildlife like manatees while enjoying eclectic
regional dishes that range from cuttngedge (sour-orange-marl-
nated, sous-vide-cooked Florida lobster with sweet corn sauce)
to comfort (crispy-breaded Old South fried green tomatoes)
Not surprisingly, the chef-driven menu is limited, but several
signature specialties, if available, are not to be missed BBQ
shrimp in a tangy Worcestershire and cayenne-spiked butter/
wine sauce, irresistible mini conch fritters, and homemade ice
cream $$-$$$

Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus
1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002
With Christmas lights perpetually twinkling and party noises
emanating from a new outdoor blergarten, this German res-
taurant is owner Alex Richter's one-man gentrification project
transforming a formerly uninviting stretch of 79th Street one
pils at a time The fare includes housemade sausages (mild
veal bratwurst, hearty mixed beef/pork bauernwurst, spicy
garlicwurst) with homemade mustard and catsup, savory yet
near-greaseless potato pancakes, and, naturally, schnitzels, a
choice of delicate pounded pork, chicken, or veal patties served
with a half-dozen different sauces $$-$$$

5556 NE 4th Court
305-759-3117; www.soykarestaurant.com
This expansive, contemporary hangout was often credited
with almost single-handedly sparking the revitalization of the
Biscayne Corridor's Upper Eastside Soyka remains a solid
neighborhood restaurant that is a perfectfitfor its area
Comfortably priced yuppie comfort food like meatloaf with
mashed potatoes, crab cakes with spicy-sweet slaw, a wild
mushroom/smoked mozzarella pizza, or a Cobb salad may not
be revolutionary fare, but Soyka continues to thrive while more
ambitious, nationally publicized restaurants have come and
gone Take-out orders and breakfast are now available $$-$$$

Sushi Siam
5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-751-7818
On the menu of sushi-bar specialties plus a small selection of
Thai and Japanese cooked dishes, there are a few surprises,
such as a unique lobster maki that's admittedly huge in price
($25 95), but also in size six ounces of crisp-fried lobster
chunks, plus asparagus, avocado, lettuce, toblko (flyingfish),
masago (smelt) roes, and special sauces Thai dishes come
with a choice of more than a dozen sauces, ranging from tradl-
tlonal red or green curries to the inventive, such as an uncon-
ventonal honeysauce $$$

UVA 69
6900 Biscayne Blvd.
305-754-9022; www.uva-69.com
Owned and operated by brothers Michael and Sinuhe Vega,
this casual outdoor/indoor Euro-cafe and lounge has helped
to transform the Boulevard into a hip place to hang out Lunch
includes a variety of salads and elegant sandwiches like La
Minuta (beer-battered mahl-mahl with cilantro aloli and cara-
melized onions on housemade foccacla) Dinner features a
range of small plates (poached figs with Gorgonzola cheese and
honey balsamic drizzle) and full entrees like sake-marinated
salmon with bonlato mash and Ponzu butter sauce, and crispy
spinach $$-$$$

Ver-Daddys Taco Shop
7501 Biscayne Blvd.;305-303-9755
At this soulful taco shop, the menu descriptions are in
common English ("cinnamon puffs" drizzled with honey
and lime, not bunuelos") But taco fillings range from
ground beef and shredded chicken to more unusual pork
in chill verde or Baja battered fish (authentically gar-
nished with Mexican crema and cilantro-splked cabbage)
And all offerings can be loaded with other garnishes from
the kitchen (refried beans, cheese, crema) or less perish-
able offerings from a salsa bar For the heath-minded,
oils are nonhydrogenated, and sauces/seasonings are all
housemade and free of preservatives $

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Wine 69
6909 Biscayne Blvd.
You might think this isjust a wine shop, but its actually about
wine, food, and art and how they work together Wines are
available retail (discounted 35-50 percent for in-house drink-
ers), with 40 sold by the glass Food, designed for pairing
includes a $25 three-course dinner The menu is mostly light
bites with intriguingly inventive touches a seared Cajun tuna
salad with wasabi sauce, crab cakes with Asian srlracha chill
sauce The art involves revolving exhibits, plus an art lecture
series featuring wines picked by owner Ben Neji $$

Yiya's Gourmet Cuban Bakery
646 NE 79th St., 305-754-3337
A true community jewel, this bakery is also a most welcoming
cafe, serving lunch specials from chef Delsa Bernardo (who
co-owns the place with attorney Abble Cuellar) that are home-
made right down to the herbs grown on the bakers window
sills Bernardo's pan con lechon sandwiches and flaky-crusted
Cuban pastries are legend But she also crafts treats not found
at average Cuban bakeries, like pizzas using housemade
Indian naan bread Additionally Bernardo carries unique treats
produced bya few friends candies, cupcakes, and exotically
flavored flans $

Bocados Ricos
1880 79th St. Causeway; 305-8644889
Tucked into a mall best known for its Happy Stork Lounge, this
little luncheonette services big appetites Along with the usual
grilled churrascos, there's bandeja paisa, Colombia's sampler
platter of grilled steak, sausage, chicharron, fried egg avocado,
plantains, rice, and beans Don't miss marginally dainter dishes
like sopa de costilla, if this rich shortrib bowl is among the daily
homemade soups Arepas include our favorite corn cake the
hefty Aura, stuffed with chorizo, chicharron, came desmechada
(shredded flank steak), plantains, rice, beans, and cheese $-$$

Edy's Chicken & Steak
1624 79th St. Causeway
What differentiates Edys from other chicken joints is the sig-
nature Peruvian polio a la brasa, char-broiled in a wood-fired
rotissere The rotation makes the bird self-baste, keeping even
the white meatjuicy under its crispy nearly fat-free skin Spicing
is also superior Owner Edy Dernovsek's dozen-ingredient mari-
nade recipe came from a visit to Peru, but has been tweaked
with spices from her hometown Chlang Mai, Thailand The
result is subtly mouth-warming heat absent from average chain
chickens $-$$

Japanese Market and Sushi Deli
1412 79th St. Causeway; 305-861-0143
Inside a small market that is widely considered Miami's
premier source of Japanese foodstuffs, the "Sushi Deli"
restaurant component is nothing more than a lunch coun-
ter But chef Michlo Kushl serves up some sushi found
nowhere else in town Example traditional Osaka-style
sushi layers of rice, seasoned seaweed, and marinated
fresh mackerel, pressed into a square box, then cut into
lovely one-bite sandwich squares While raw fish is always
impeccable here, some unusual vegetarian sushi cre-
ations also tempt, as do daily entrees $

Mario the Baker
1700 79th St. Causeway
(See North Miami listing)

Oggi Caffe
1666 79th St. Causeway
This cozy, romantic spot started back in 1989 as a pasta
factory (supplying numerous high-profile restaurants) as well
as a neighborhood eatery And the wide range of budget-
friendly, homemade pastas, made daily, remains the main
draw for its large and loyal clientele Choices range from
homey, meaty lasagna to luxuriant crab ravioli with creamy
lobster sauce, with occasional forays into creative exotica
such as seaweed spaghettini with sea scallops, shitakes,
and fresh tomatoes $$-$$$

Shuckers Bar & Grill
1819 79th St. Causeway
Cheap eats and a million-dollar view" is the sound bite
manager Philip Conklin uses to describe this outdoor beach
bar, hidden in back of a bayfront motel Thejoint dates from
South Beach's late 1980s revival, but the kickoff-your-shoes
vibe couldn't be farther from SoBe glitz The food ranges from
classic bar favorites (char-grilled wings, conch fritters, raw or
steamed shellfish) to full dinners featuring steak, homemade
pasta, or fresh, not frozen, fish $-$$

Sushi Siam
1524 NE 79th St. Causeway, 305-864-7638
(See Miami/ Upper Eastside listing)

940 71st St., 305-864-9848
Arlston's classical Greek cuisine is based on recipes of
co-owner Thanasis Barlos's mom Noni and executed by
CIA-trained chef Alexia Apostolidis Concentrate on the
menu's authentic treats like the lightest, most savory
whipped tarama (caviar spread) west of Athens, ultra-rich
tzatzlki (Greek yogurt with cukes, garlic, and olive oil),
bracing avgolemono (egg-thickened chicken/lemon soup),
char-grilled sardines with greens and citrus dressing, or
an inspired eggplant/ground beef moussaka, bound here
with an almost sinfully custardy bechamel $$-$$$

Caf6 Prima Pasta
414 71st St., 305-867-0106, www.primapasta.com
Opened in 1993 with 28 seats, this family-run landmark
has now taken over the block, with an outdoor terrace
and multi-roomed indoor space whose walls are full of
photos of their clientele, including national and local
celebs Particularly popular are homemade pastas,
sauced with Argentine-Italian indulgence rather than
Italian simplicity crabmeat ravioletti in lobster cream
sauce, black squid ink linguini heaped with seafood
Though romantic enough for dates, the place is quite kid-
friendly and on the terrace, they'll even feed Fido $$$

Tamarind Thai
946 Normandy Dr.
305-861-6222; www.tamarindthai.us
When an eaters executive chef is best-selling Thai cook-
book author Vatcharin Bhumichitr, you'd expect major media
hype, fancy South Beach prices, and a fancy SoBe address
Instead Bhumichitr joined forces with Day Longsomboon (an
old Thai school pal who'd moved to Miami) at this unpre-
tentious, authentic (no sushi) neighborhood place Some
standout dishes here are featured in the chef's latest tome,
but with Tamarind's very affordable prices, you might as well
let the man's impeccably trained kitchen staff do the work
for you $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
9432 NE 2nd Ave.
With three Biscayne Corridor outlets (plus several branch-
es elsewhere in town), this mostly take-out mini chain is
fast becoming the Sushi Joint That Ate Miami And why do
Mlamlans eat here? Not ambiance There isn't any But
when friends from the Pacific Northwest, where foodies
know their fish, tout the seafood's freshness, we listen
There are some surprisingly imaginative makis, like the
Maharaja, featuring fried shrimp and drizzles of curry
mayo And where else will you find a stacked sushi (five
assorted makis) birthday cake? $-$$

C6te Gourmet
9999 NE 2nd Ave., #112
If only every Miami neighborhood could have a neighbor-
hood restaurant like this low-priced little French jewel The
menu is mostly simple stuff breakfast croissants, crepe,
soups, sandwiches, salads, sweets, and a few more sub-
stantial specials like a Tunisian-style brlk (buttery phyllo
pastry stuffed with tuna, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes)
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including all breads, and prepared with impeccable ingre-
dients, classic French technique, and meticulous atten-
tion to detail, down to the stylish plaid ribbons that hold
together the cafe's baguette sandwiches $-$$

Los Antojos
11099 Biscayne Blvd.
If its Sunday, it must be sancocho de gallina, Colombia's
national dish If its Saturday it must be ajiaco Both are thick
chicken soups, full meals in a bowl For Colombian-cuisine
novices, a bandeja paisa (sampler including rice, beans, came
asada, chicharron, eggs, sauteed sweet plantains, and an
arepa corn cake) is available every day, as are antojitos little
whims," smaller snacks like chorizo con arepa (a corn cake with
Colombian sausage) And for noncarnivores there are several
heftyseafood platters, made to order $$

Bagels & Co.
11064 Biscayne Blvd.
While this place is often referred to as Guns & Bagels, one can't
actually buy a gun here The nickname refers to its location next
to a firearms shop But there's a lot of other stuff aside from
bagels here, including a full range of sandwiches and wraps
Breakfast time is busy time, with banana-walnut pancakes
especially popular But whats mostimportant is that this is
one of the area's few sources of the real, New York-style water
bagel crunchy outside, challenging chewy inside $

13408 Biscayne Blvd.
Buried in a strip mall perpendicular to the Boulevard,
Bamboche is worth the hunt on one of those head-splitting
Saturday, for a Haltan specialty not found in many area res-
taurants bouillon tet cabrlt a soup packed with greens (like
spinach, cabbage, cress, string beans) and root veggies that
is reputed to be a miraculous hangover remedy Along with
bouillon, weekend specials include more unusual dishes like
fritay fried street snacks Haltian standards (grlot tassot) are
available daily as are fresh-squeezedjuices, lattes, and almost
two dozen desserts $

Bar-B-Que Beach Sports Bar & Grill
12599 Biscayne Blvd.
On Friday nights, there's karaoke, though from the decor -
mixing Wild West rusticity with Key West flip-flops dangling
from the ceiling it's hard to know whether to brush up your
Jimmy Buffett medley or Tumbling Tumbleweeds" There
are specials the other six days of the week as well, but don't
forget the biggest draw the barbecue, honest stuff that has
been low-temperature smoked for 12 to 14 hours till tender
yet resilient Menu winners succulent sliced brisket and
delightfullyjulcy chicken $$

Bulldog Barbecue
15400 Biscayne Blvd.
The BBQ master at this small, rustc room is pugnacious Top



Chef contender Howle Kelnberg, whose indoor electric smoker
turns out mild-tasting cue that ranges from the expected pulled
pork, ribs, brisket and chicken to hot-smoked salmon and
veggie plates There are also create comfort food starters
like BBQ chicken flatbread, salads, and sweets Sides include
refreshingslaw, beans studded with burnt ends" (the most
intensely flavored outer barbecue chunks), and sweet potato or
chipotle-spiced fries The cost is comparatively high, but such is
the price of fame $$-$$$

Burritos Grill Caf6
11717 Biscayne Blvd.
Originally a friendly little 125th Street hole-in-the-wall
that garnered raves for its limited menu of terrifically
tasty treats, Mario and Karma Manzanero's cafe is
now in more sizable and atmospheric quarters But
the friendly, family-run (and kid-friendly) ambiance
remains, as do the authentic Yucatan-style specialties
Standouts include poc-chuc, a marinated pork loin,
tacos al pastor, stuffed with subtly smoky steak, onion,
cilantro, and pineapple, sinful deep-fried tacos dora-
dos, and signature burritos, including the Maya, filled
with juicy cochinita pibil, refried beans, and pickled
onions $$

Canton Caf6
12749 Biscayne Blvd.
Easily overlooked, this strip-mall spot serves mostly
Cantonese-based dishes However, there are also about two
dozen spicier, Szechuan-style standards like kung po shrimp,
ma po tofu, and General Tso's chicken And there are a
few imaginative new items, like the intriguingly christened
Shrimp Lost in the Forest," Singapore curried rice noodles,
crispy shrimp with honey-glazed walnuts, and Mongolian
beef (with raw chills and fresh Oriental basil) Delivery is
available for both lunch and dinner $$

Captain Jim's Seafood
12950 W. Dixie Hwy.
This market/restaurant was garnering critical acclaim
even when eat-in dining was confined to a few Formica
tables in front of the fish counter, owing to the fresh-
ness of Its seafood, much of It from Capt Jim Hanson's
own fishing boats, which supply many top restaurants
Now there's a casual but pleasantly nautical side din-
ing room with booths Whether it's garlicky scampi
smoked-fish dip, grilled yellowtail or hog or mutton
snapper, perfectly tenderized cracked conch or conch
fritters, everything is deftly prepared and bargain-
priced $$

Casa Mia Trattoria
1950 NE 123rd St.
Tucked away, off to the side on the approach to
the Broad Causeway and the beaches, this charm-
ing indoor/outdoor trattoria seems to attract mostly
neighborhood regulars But even newcomers feel like
regulars after a few minutes, thanks to the staff's
Italian ebullience Menu offerings are mostly classic
comfort foods with some contemporary Items as well
Housemade pastas are good enough that low-carb diet-
ers should take a break, especially for the tender gnoc-
chi with pesto or better yet, delicate fagottinl beg-
gar's purses" stuffed with pears and cheese $$

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15400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-956-2808
Diners can get some Tex-Mex dishes here, if they must But the
specialty is Mayan-rooted Yucatan cuisine So why blow bucks
on burritos when one can sample Caribbean Mexico's most
typical dish cochinlta plbil? Cheen's authentically succulent ver-
sion of the pickleonion-topped marinated pork dish is earthly
aromatic from achiote, tang from bitter oranges, and meltngly
tender from slow cooking in a banana leaf wrap To accom-
pany try a lime/soy/chili-spiced mlchelada, also authentically
Mexican, and possibly the best thing that ever happened to
dark beer $$-$$$

Chef Creole
13105 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-893-4246
(See Miami listing)

D.J.'s Diner
12210 Biscayne Blvd., 305-893-5250
Located in a Best Western motel, this place, run by a
Chinese-American family, serves mostly basic American
diner fare burgers, sandwiches, about a dozen din-
ner entrees, fresh-baked apple pie, and, oddly, a whole
section of Caesar salad variations But it's also a secret
source for Chinese food, mostly chow mien/chop suey-
type dishes, but also a few dishes such as eggplant
with garlic sauce and ma po tofu that are a step up in
authenticity $-$$

Here Comes the Sun
2188 NE 123rd St, 305-893-5711
At this friendly natural foods establishment, one of
Miami's first, there's a full stock of vitamins and nutri-
tlonal supplements But the place's hearty soups, large
variety of entrees (including fresh fish and chicken as well
as vegetarian selections), lighter bites like miso burgers
with secret sun sauce" (which would probably make old
sneakers taste good), and daily specials are a tastier
way to get healthy An under-ten-buck early-bird dinner is
popular with the former long-hair, now blue-hair, crowd
Frozen yogurt, fresh juices, and smoothies complete the
menu $-$$

Le Griot de Madame John
975 NE 125th St.
When Madame moved her base of operations from her Lttle
Halt home to a real restaurant (though a very informal one,
and still mostlytakeout), she began offering numerous tradl-
tonal Haitian dishes, includingjerked beef or goattassotand
an impressive poisson gros sel (a whole fish rubbed with salt
before poaching with various veggies and spices) But the dish
that still packs the place is the grlot marinated pork chunks
simmered and then fried till there moistlytender inside, crisp
and intensely flavored outside $

Little Havana
12727 Biscayne Blvd.
In addition to whitetablecoth ambiance, this place features
live Latn entertainment and dancing, making it a good choice
when diners want a night out notjust a meal Its also a good
choice for diners who don't speak Spanish, but don't worry
about authenticity Classic Cuban homestyle dishes like mojo-
marinated lechon asado, topped with onions, and juicy ropa
vieja are translated on the menu, not the plate, and fancier
creations like pork filet in tangy tamarind sauce seem universal
crowd-pleasers $$$

Maleewan Thai & Sushi
2224 NE 123rd St.
Redecorated (tasteful bamboo-matted walls, silk flowers)
since the days many days -this space was occupied
by the kosher sushi spot Tani Guchi's Place, Maleewan is
now a cozy, neighborly nook at which to enjoy all the stan-
dard Japanese and Thai selections Cooked sushi is the
strong suit here, particularly the signature mammoth-size
Maleewan roll, given zing by pickled Japanese squash and
savor by a crispy yellowtail tempura topping If you're crav-
ing more creative fare, check out the handwritten specials
board on your way in $$

Mama Jennie's
11720 NE 2nd Ave.
For more than 35 years this beloved red-saucejoint has
been drawing students and other starvation-budget diners
with prodigious portions of lasagna, spaghetti and meat-
balls (the latter savory yet light-textured), veal marsala
topped with a mountain of mushrooms, and other Italian-
American belly-busters All pasta or meat entrees come
with oil-drenched garlic rolls and either soup (hearty mine-
strone) or a salad (mixed greens, tomatoes, cukes, brined
olives, and pickled peppers) that's a dinner in itself
Rustic roadhouse ambiance, notably the red leatherette
booths, add to Mama's charm $-$$

Mario the Baker
250 NE 25th St.
At this North Miami Institution (opened in 1969) food is
Italian-American, not Italian-Italian spaghetti and meatballs,
lasagna, eggplant parmigiana, and hot or cold subs No
imported buffala, arugula, or other chichi stuff on the New
York-style medium-thin-crusted pizzas, the top topping
here is the savory housemade sausage And no one leaves
without garlic rolls, awash in warm parsley oil and smashed
garlic New branches are now open in Miami's Midtown
neighborhood and in North Bay Village $

North One 10
11052 Biscayne Blvd.
After helming several NYC restaurants for China Grill
Management, the homegrown married team of chef
Dewey and sommelier Dale LoSasso returned to do
their own thing in their own neighborhood The menu is
creative comfort food" a shrimp waffle with basil but-
ter, steak and eggs" (a grilled NY strip with truffled goat
cheese frittata and herb demiglace), a stone crab hot
dog the chef invented for a Super Bowl party The award-
winning wine list inspires playfully themed pairing events
Prices are reasonable and parking is free $$$-$$$$

2214 NE 123rd St.
While this mainly vegetarian kosher place is best known
for its pizza (New York-style medium crust or thick-crusted
Sicilian, topped with veggies and/or meat buster" imita-
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lunch/dinner vegetarian cuisine of all nations, with many
dairy and seafood items too Admittedly the cutesle
names of many items baygels, bergerrbite, Cezarrrr
salad, hammm, meat-a-ball, schmopperrr may cause
queasiness But the schmopperrr itself is one helluva
high-octane veggie burger $-$$

Steve's Pizza
12101 Biscayne Blvd.
At the end of a debauched night of excess, some paper-
thin designer pizza with wisps of smoked salmon (or
similar fluff) doesn't do the trick Open till 3 00 or 4 00
a m, Steve's has, since 1974, been serving the kind of
comforting, retro pizzas people crave at that hour As in
Brooklyn, tomato sauce is sweet, with strong oregano
flavor Mozzarella is applied with abandon Toppings are
stuff that give strength pepperoni, sausage, meatballs,
onions, and peppers $

Tokyo Bowl
12295 Biscayne Blvd.
This fast-food drive-thru (unexpectedly serene inside)
is named for its feature item, big budget-priced bowls
of rice or noodles topped with cooked Japanese-style
items like teriyaki fish (fresh fish sauteed with veg-
etables), curried chicken and veggies, spicy shrimp, or
gyoza dumplings in tangy sauce There's also an all-
you-can-eat deal sushi (individual nigiri or maki rolls)
plus tempura, teriyaki, and other cooked items for $14,
three bucks more for sashimi instead of sushi $-$$

Venezia Pizza and Caf6
13452 Biscayne Blvd.
No frozen pizza crusts or watery mozzarella here No
imported designer ingredients either The pies are New
York-style, but the dough is made fresh daily, and the
cheese is Grande (from Wisconsin, considered America's

finest pizza topper) Also on the menu are Italian-
American pastas, a large selection of hot an cold subs,
simple salads, and a few new protein adds grilled
chicken breast, fried fish, or a steak $-$$

Wong's Chinese Restaurant
12420 Biscayne Blvd.
The menu reads like a textbook on how to please everyone,
with food ranging from traditional Chinese to Chinese-
American tojust plain American Appetizers include honey
garlic chicken wings or Buffalo wings A crab-claw starter
comes with choice of pork fried rice or French fries Seafood
lovers can get shrimp chop suey, or salty pepper shrimp
(authentically shell-on) And New Yorkers will find a number
of dishes that are mainstays of Manhattan Szechuan menus
but not common in Miami cold sesame noodles, Hunan
chicken, twice-cooked pork $$

Woody's Famous Steak Sandwich
13105 Biscayne Blvd.
The griddle has been fired up since 1954 at this
indle fast-food joint, and new owners have done little
to change the time-tested formula except to stretch
operating hours into the night and expand its classic
menu to include a few health-conscious touches like
Caesar salad, plus a note proclaiming their oils are free
of trans fats Otherwise the famous steak sandwich is
still a traditional Philly Drippin' good burgers, too And
unlike MacChain addicts, patrons here can order a cold
beer with the good grease $-$$

Bamboo Garden
1232 NE 163rd St.
Big enough for a banquet (up to 300 guests), this vet-
eran is many diners' favorite on the 163rd/167th Street
"Chinatown" strip because of its superior decor But the
menu also offers well-prepared, authentic dishes like
peppery black bean clams, sauteed mustard greens,

and steamed whole fish with ginger and scallions, plus
Chinese-American egg foo young Default spicing is mild
even in Szechuan dishes marked with red-chill icons, but
don't worry, realizing some like it hot, the chefs will cus-
tomize spiciness to heroic heat levels upon request $$

Blue Marlin Fish House
2500 NE 163rd St.
Located inside Oleta River State Park, this casual outdoor
eatery is a rare surprise for nature lovers, especially since
a young couple took over and upgraded the menu The
featured item is still the house-smoked fish this historic
venue began producing in 1938, available in three varieties
salmon, mahl mahl, and the signature blue marlin But the
smokehouse now also turns out ribs and delectable brisket
Other new additions include weekend fish fries with live
music Entry is directly from 163rd Street, not through the
main park entrance No admission fee $

China Restaurant
178 NE 167th St.
When you have a yen for the Americanized Chinese fusion
dishes you grew up with, all the purist regional Chinese cuisine
in the world won't scratch the itch So the menu here, contain-
ing every authentically inauthentic ChineseAmerican classic
you could name, is just the tcket when nostalgia strikes from
simple egg rolls to pressed almond duck (majorly breaded
boneless chunks, with comfortingly thick gravy) $-$$

Chipotle Mexican Grill
14776 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2779, www.chipotle.com
Proving that national fast-food chains don't have to be bad
for either diners or the environment, Chipotle serves what
the company calls "food with integrity" The fare is simple,
basically tacos and big burritos soft flour or crisp corn torti-
llas stuffed with chipotle-marinated steak or chicken chunks,
bolder shredded beef barbacoa, or herb-scented pork car-
nitas But these bites contain no evil ingredients (transfats,
artificial color/flavor, antibiotics, growth hormones) And the
food, while not the authentic Mex street stuff dreams are
made of, is darned tasty, too $

Christine's Roti Shop
16721 NE 6th Ave.
Wraps are for wimps At this small shop run by Christine
Gouvela, originally from British Guyana, the wrapper is
a far more substantial and tasty rotl, a Caribbean mega-
crepe made from chickpea flour Most popular filling for
the flatbread is probably jerk chicken, bone-in pieces in a
spiced stew of potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and more
chickpeas But there are about a dozen other curries from
which to choose Take-out packages of plain rotl are also
available, they transform myriad leftovers into tasty, portable
lunches $

El Gran Inka
3155 NE 163rd St.
Though diners atthis upscale Peruvian eatery will find ceviches,
a hefty fried-seafood jalea, and Peru's other expected tradi-
tional specialties, all presented far more elegantly than most in
town, the contemporary Peruvian fusion creations are unique
Especially recommended are two dishes adapted from recipes
by Peru's influential nlkkel (Japanese/Creole) chef Rosita
Yimura an exquisite, delicately sauced tiradito de corvina, and
for those with no fear of cholesterol, pulpo de oliva (octopus
topped with rich olive sauce) $$$-$$$$

Hanna's Gourmet Diner
13951 Biscayne Blvd.
When Sia and Nicole Hemmati bought the Gourmet Diner
from retiring original owner Jean-Pierre Lejeune in the late
1990s, they added "Hanna's" to the name, but changed
little else about this retro-looking French/American diner,
a north Mlami-Dade institution since 1983 Customers
can get a cheeseburger or garlicky escargots, meatloaf
in tomato sauce or boeuf bourguignon in red wine sauce,
iceberg lettuce and tomatoes, or a mushroom and squid
salad with garlic dressing For oysters Rockefeller/tuna-
melt couples from Venus and Mars, it remains the ideal
dinner date destination $$-$$$

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Hiro Japanese Restaurant
3007 NE 163rd St., 305-948-3687
One of Miami's first sushi restaurants, Hiro retains an
amusing retro-glam feel, an extensive menu of both sushi
and cooked Japanese food, and late hours that make it
a perennially popular after-hours snack stop The sushi
menu has few surprises, but quality is reliable Most
exceptional are the nicely priced yakltor, skewers of suc-
culently soy-glazed and grilled meat, fish, and vegetables,
the unusually large variety available of the last makes this
place a good choice for vegetarians $$

Hiro's Sushi Express
17048 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-949-0776
Tiny, true, but there's more than just sushi at this mostly
take-out spin-off of the pioneering Hiro Makls are the main-
stay (standard stuff like California rolls, more complex cre-
ations like multi-veg futomakl, and a few unexpected treats
like a spicy Crunch & Caliente makl), available a la carte or
in value-priced individual and party combo platters But there
are also bento boxes featuring tempura, yakitori skewers,
teriyaki, stir-fried veggies, and udon noodles Another branch
is now open in Miami's Upper Eastside $

Hiro's Yakko-San
17040 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-0064
After sushi chefs close up their own restaurants for the night
many come here for a rare taste of Japanese home cooking,
served in grazing portions Try glistening-fresh strips of raw tuna
can be had in maguro nuta mixed with scallions and dressed
with habit-forming honey-miso mustard sauce Other favorites
include goma ae (wilted spinach, chilled and dressed in sesame
sauce), garlic stem and beef (mild youngshoots flash-fried with
tender steak bits), or perhaps just-caught grouper with hot/
sweet/tangy chil sauce Open till around 3 00 a m $$

1550 NE 164th St., 305-919-8393
If unusual Bangladeshl dishes like fiery pumpkin patey (cooked
with onion, green pepper, and pickled mango) or Heelsha curry
(succulently spiced hilsa, Bangladesh's sweet-fleshed national
fish) seem familiar, its because chef/owner Bithl Begum and
her husband Tipu Raman once served such fare at the critcally
acclaimed Renaisa Their menu's mix-and-match opton allows
diners to pair their choice of meat, poultry, fish, or vegetable
with more than a dozen regional sauces, from familiar Indian
styles to exotica like satkara, flavored with a Bangadeshl citrus
reminiscent of sour orange $$-$$$

Iron Sushi
16350 W. Dixie Hwy.
(See Miami Shores listing)?

Jerusalem Market and Deli
16275 Biscayne Blvd.
Specialties like shawarma, spinach pies, kebabs, hummus, and
klbbeh (a savory mix of ground lamb and bulgur) are native to
many Middle East countries, but when a Lebanese chef/owner,
like this eaters Sam Elzoor, is at the helm, you can expect
extraordinary refinement There are elaborate dailyspecials
here, like lemon chicken or stuffed cabbage with a variety of
sides, but even a common falafel sandwich is special when the

plta is also stuffed with housemade cabbage and onion salads,
plus unusually rich and tarttahina $-$$

3055 NE 163rd St., 305-3548484
This place makes a very good tahini sauce In factthat alone is
reason enough to visit We prefer ours with this bright cheery
eaters delightfully oniony falafel or a veg-garnished wrap of
thin-sliced marinated beef schwarma They also do a beautifully
spiced, and reassuringly fresh-tasting, raw klbbl naye (Middle
Eastern steak tartare) Its hard to resist putting together a
grazing meal of starters and wraps, but there's also a roster of
full entrees (with soup or salad plus starch), including tempting
vegetarian and seafood meals for noncarnivores $$

Kebab Indian Restaurant
514 NE 167th St.
Since the 1980s this restaurant located in an unatmospheric
mini strip mall but surprisingly romantic inside (especially if you
grab one of the exotically draped booths) has been a popular
destnaton for reasonably priced north Indian fare Kormas are
properly soothing and vindaloos are satisfactorily searing, but
the kitchen will adjust seasonings upon request They aim to
please Food arrives unusuallyfastfor an Indian eatery, too $$

King Palace
330 NE 167th St.
The specialties here are authentic Chinatown-style barbecue
(whole ducks, roast pork strips, and more, displayed in a glass
case by the door), and fresh seafood dishes, the best made
with the live fish swimming in two tanks by the dining room
entrance There's also a better-than-average selection of sea-
sonal Chinese veggies The menu is extensive, but the best
ordering strategy, since the place is usually packed with Asians,
is to see what looks good on nearby tables, and point $$

Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
14831 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-8800
(See Midtown / Wynwood / Design District listing)

Laurenzo's Market Caf6
16385 W. Dixie Hwy.
It's just a small area between the wines and the fridge
counters no potted palms, and next-to-no service in this
cafeteria-style space But when negotiating this interna-
tional gourmet market's packed shelves and crowds has
depleted your energies, it's a handy place to refuel with
eggplant parmesan and similar Italian-American classics,
housemade from old family recipes Just a few spoonfuls
of Wednesday hearty pasta faglole, one of the daily
soup specials, could keep a person shopping for hours
And now that pizza master Carlo is manning the wood-
fired oven, you can sample the thinnest, crispiest pies
outside Napoli $-$$

Little Saigon
16752 N. Miami Ave.
This is Miami's oldest traditional Vietnamese restaurant,
but it's still packed most weekend nights So even the
place's biggest negative its hole-in-the-wall atmosphere,
not encouraging of lingering visits becomes a plus since it
ensures fast turnover Chef/owner Lily Tao is typically in the
kitchen, crafting green papaya salad, flavorful beef noodle

pho (served with greens, herbs, and condiments that make
it notjust a soup but a whole ceremony), and many other
Vietnamese classics The menu is humongous $-$$

Mary Ann Bakery
1284 NE 163rd St.
Don't be unduly alarmed by the American birthday cakes
in the window At this small Chinese bakery the real finds
are the Chinatown-style baked buns and other savory
pastries, filled with roast pork, bean sauce, and curried
ground beef Prices are under a buck, making them an
exotic alternative to fast-food dollar meals There's one
table for eat-in snackers $

The Melting Pot
15700 Biscayne Blvd.
305-947-2228; www.meltingpot.com
For 1950s and 1960s college students, fondue pots were
standard dorm accessories These days, however, branches
of this chain are generally the only places to go for this eating
experience Start with a wine-enriched four-cheese fondue, pro-
ceed to an entree with meat or seafood, plus choice of cooking
potion (herbed wine, bouillon, or oil), finish with fruits and cakes
dipped in melted chocolate Fondue etiquette dictates that
diners who drop a skewer in the pot must kiss all other table
companions, so go with those you love $$$

Oishi Thai
14841 Biscayne Blvd.
At this stylish Thai/sushi spot, try the menu of specials,
many of which clearly reflect the young chefs fanatical
devotion to fresh fish, as well as the time he spent in
the kitchen of Knob broiled miso-marinated black cod,
rock shrimp tempura with creamy sauce, even Nobu
Matsuhisa's new style sashimi" (slightly surface-seared
by drizzles of hot olive and sesame oil) The specials
menu includes some Thai-inspired creations, too, such as
veal massaman curry, Chilean sea bass curry, and sizzling
filet mignon with basil sauce $$$-$$$$

Panya Thai
520 NE 167th St., 305-945-8566
Unlike authentic Chinese cuisine, there's no shortage of
genuine Thai food in and around Miami But Panya's chef/
owner, a Bangkok native, offers numerous regional and/
or rare dishes not found elsewhere Plus he doesn't auto-
matically curtail the heat or sweetness levels to please
Americans Among the most intriguing moo khem phad wan
(chewy deep-fried seasoned pork strips with fiery tamarind
dip, accompanied by crisp green papaya salad), broad rice
noodles stir-fried with eye-opening chill/garlic sauce and
fresh Thai basil, and chill-topped Diamond Duck in tangy
tamarind sauce $$-$$$

16265 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-5027
From the outside, this strip-mall Mexican eatery couldn't be
easier to overlook Inside, however, its festivity is impossible
to resist Every inch of wall space seems to be covered with
South of the Border knickknacks And if the kitschy decor alone
doesn't cheer you, the quickly arriving basket of fresh (not
packaged) taco chips, or the mariachi band, or the knockout
margaritas will Food ranges from Tex-Mex burritos and a party-
size fajita platter to authentic Mexican moles and harder-to-find
traditional preparations like albondigas spicy ultra-savory
meatballs $$-$$$

14871 Biscayne Blvd.
(See Miami Brickell / Downtown listing)

Paul Bakery Caf6
14861 Biscayne Blvd.
From one rural shop in 1889, the French bakery known simply
as Paul has grown to a worldwide chain, which fortunately
chose to open its first U S outlet in our town One bite of the
crusty peasant loaf, the olive-studded fougasse, or another
of the signature artisan breads transports you right back to
France As authentic as the boulangerle breads are, the patis-
serie items like flan normande are just as evocatve For eat-in
diners, quite continental soups, salads, and sandwiches are
equally and dependably French $$

Pizza Fusion
14815 Biscayne Blvd., 305-405-6700
Saving the earth one pizza at a time" is the motto at
this franchise of the only pizza chain to require third-
party organic restaurant certification at all locations
Their gluten-free crusts make it mighty friendly to pizza
fanatics with food allergies Starters, salads, desserts,
and organic wines/beers are also served And delivery
is available in hybrid cars, of course Specials unique
to this NMB franchise include Sunday-Thursday happy
hours, a free Kids Organic Club class on Saturdays,
10 00-1100 a m, and varied Monday-Wednesday
freebies $-$$

PK Oriental Mart
255 NE 167th St., 305-654-9646
Unlike other Asian markets on this strip between 1-95 and
Biscayne Boulevard, PK has a prepared-food counter,
serving authentic Chinatown barbecue, with appropriate
dipping sauces included Weekends bring the biggest
selection, including barbecued ribs and pa pel duck
(roasted, then deep-fried till extra crisp and nearly free
of subcutaneous fat) Available every day arejuicy, soy-
marinated roast chickens, roast pork strips, crispy pork,
and whole roast ducks hanging, beaks and all But no
worries, a counterperson will chop your purchase into
bite-size, beakless pieces $

Roasters & Toasters
18515 NE 18th Ave., 305-830-3354
Attention ex-New Yorkers Is your idea of food porn one
of the Carnegie Dell's mile-high pastrami sandwiches?
Well, Roasters will dwarf them Consider the "Carnegie-
style" monster containing, according to the menu, a
full pound of succulent meat (really 14 pounds, we
weighed it), for a mere 15 bucks All the other Jewish
deli classics are here too, including perfectly sour pick-
les, silky hand-sliced nova or lox, truly red-rare roast
beef, and the cutest two-bite mini-potato pancakes
ever eight per order, served with sour cream and
applesauce $$

Sang's Chinese Restaurant
1925 NE 163rd St., 305-947-7076
Sangs has three menus The pink menu is Americanized
Chinese food, from chop suey to honey garlic chicken The

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white menu permits the chef to show off his authentic
Chinese fare salt and pepper prawns, rich beef/turnip
casserole, tender salt-baked chicken, even esoterica like
abalone with sea cucumber The extensive third menu
offers dim sum, served until 4 00 pm A live tank allows
seasonal seafood dishes like lobster with ginger and
scallion Recently installed a Chinese barbecue case,
displaying savory items like crispy pork with crackling
attached $$$

Shing Wang Vegetarian, Icee & Tea House
237 NE 167th St.
At this unique Taiwanese eatery, run by a trio of Taipei-
trained female chefs, all seafood, poultry, and meats in the
budget-priced entrees ($6 95) are mock imitations made
from wheat gluten, tofu, and vegetables But don't mock it
till you try the quite beefy pepper steak, or smoking' duck,
with slices that mimic the charcuterie item down to convinc-
ing faux fat Other main dishes feature recognizable veggies
or noodles As for the rest of the name icee is shaved ice,
an over-the-top dessert that's a sort of a slurpee sundae,
with toppings that vary from the familiar (fresh fruits) to
the weird (grass jelly, sweet corn, kidney beans, rice balls,
chocolate pudding) And the bubble tea is a must-not-miss
Using housemade syrup, the cold, refreshing boba comes in
numerous flavors (mango, taro, even actual tea), all supple-
mented with signature black tapioca balls that, slurped
through large-diameter straws, are a guaranteed giggle $

Siam Square
54 NE 167th St.
Open until 100 a m every day except Sunday (when is closes
at midnight), this relatively new addition to North Miami Beach's
Chinatown" strip has become a popular latenight gathering
spot for chefs from other Asian restaurants And why not? The
food is fresh, nicely presented, and reasonably priced The
kitchen staff is willingto customize dishes upon request and
the servingstaff is reliably fast Perhaps most important, kara-
oke equipment is in place when the mood strikes $-$$

Scorch Grillhouse and Wine Bar
13750 Biscayne Blvd.
Though some food folks were initially exasperated when yet
another Latin-influenced grill replaced one of our area's few
Vietnamese restaurants, its hard to bear a grudge at a friendly,
casual neighborhood place that offers monster ten-ounce char-
grilled burgers, with potatoes or salad, for $8 50, steaks, plus a
side and a sauce or veg topper, for nine bucks at lunch, $15 to
$18 75 (the menu's top price) at night and three-dollar glasses
of decent house wine $-$$

Sushi House
15911 Biscayne Blvd.
In terms of decor drama, this sushi spot seems to have
taken its cue from Philippe Starck sheer floor-to-ceiling
drapes, for starters The sushi list, too, is over the top,
featuring monster makis like the Cubbie Comfort spicy
tuna, soft-shell crab, shrimp and eel tempura, plus avo-
cado, jalapenos, and cilantro, topped with not one but

three sauces wasabi, teriyaki, and spicy mayo Hawaiian
King Crab contains unprecedented ingredients like toma-
toes, green peppers, and pineapple Boutique wines,
artisan sakes, and cocktails are as exotic as the cuisine

Tuna's Raw Bar and Grille
17850 W. Dixie Hwy.
The reincarnated Tuna's has gained new owners, a new name,
a dazzling outdoor bar and dining area, and a newly impressive
selection of raw-bar specialties cold-water oysters from the
Northeast plus Blue Points, Malpecs, Island Creeks, and more
Traditional house favorites remain, and the emphasis is still on
fresh fish from local waters Open daily till 2 00 a m, the place
can get rather festve after midnight but since the kitchen is
open till closing, Tuna's draws a serious late-night dining crowd,
too $$-$$$

Anthony's Coal-Fired Pizza
17901 Biscayne Blvd.
Coal is what it's all about here a coal-fired oven (like
that at Lombardi's, Patsy's, John's, or Grimaldi's in New
York) producing the intense 800-degree heat to turn
out, in mere minutes, a pie with the classic thin, crisp-
bottomed, beautifully char-bubbled crust that fans of the
above legendary pizzerias crave Expect neither bargain-
chain prices, a huge selection of toppings, nor much else
on the menu Anthonys does just a few things, and does
them right $$

Bella Luna
19575 Biscayne Blvd. Aventura Mall,
If the menu here looks familiar, it should Its nearly iden-
tical to that at the Upper Eastside's Luna Cafe and, with
minor variations, at all the rest of Tom Billante's eateries
(Rosalia, Villagglo, Carpacclo), right down to the typeface
But no argument from here In a mall a setting more
accustomed to food court dishes like carpaccio al sal-
mone (crudo, with portobellos, capers, parmesan slices,
and lemon/tomato dressing) and linguine carbonara (in
creamy sauce with pancetta and shallots) are a breath of
fresh, albeit familiar, air $$-$$$

Bourbon Steak
19999 W. Country Club Dr.
(Fairmont Hotel, Turnberry Resort)
At Bourbon Steak, a venture in the exploding restaurant
empire of chef Michael Mina, a multiple James Beard
award winner, steakhouse fare is just where the fare
starts There are also Mina's ingenious signature dishes,
like an elegant deconstructed lobster/baby vegetable pot
pie, a raw bar, and enough delectable vegetable/seafood
starters and sides for noncarnivores to assemble a happy
meal But don't neglect the steak flavorful dry-aged
Angus, 100-percent Wagyu American Kobe," swoonwor-
thy grade A5 Japanese Kobe, and butter-poached prime
rib, all cooked to perfection $$$$$

Chef Allen's
19088 NE 29th Ave;
After 20 years of success in the same location, many
chefs would coast on their backlog of tried-and-true
dishes And its doubtful that kindly Allen Susser would
freak out his many regulars by eliminating from the menu
the Bahamian lobster and crab cakes But lobster-lovers
will find that the 20th anniversary menus also offer new
excitements like tandoori-spiced rock lobster, along with
what might be the ultimate mac'n'cheese lobster crab
macaroni in a Frls vodka sauce with mushrooms, scal-
lions, and parmesan The famous dessert souffle's flavor
changes daily, but it always did $$$$$

II Migliore
2576 NE Miami Gardens Dr.
Chef Neal Cooper's attractive trattoria gets the food right, as
well as the ambiance As in Italy, dishes rely on impeccable
ingredients and straightforward recipes that don't overcom-
plicate, cover up, or otherwise muck about with that perfec-
tion Fresh fettuccine with white truffle oil and mixed wild
mushrooms needs nothing else Neither does the signature
Polio Al Mattone, marinated in herbs and cooked under a
brick And even low-carb dieters happily go to hell in a hand
basket when faced with a mound of potatoes alla Toscana,
herb-sprinkled French fries $$-$$$

Mahogany Grille
2190 NW 183rd St.
Mahogany Grille has drawn critical raves and an inter-
national clientele since retired major league outfielder
Andre Dawson and his brother transformed this place
in 2007 Today it's white tablecloths and, naturally,
mahogany The menu is a sort of trendy yet traditional
soul fusion of food from several African diaspora
regions Carolina Low Country (buttery cheese grits
with shrimp, sausage, and cream gravy), the Caribbean
(conch-packed fritters or salad), and the Old South
(lightly buttermilk-battered fried chicken) The chicken
is perhaps Mlami's best $$-$$$

20475 Biscayne Blvd.
305-937-2777, www.pilarrestaurant.com
Chef/owner Scott Fredel previously worked for Norman Van
Aken and Mark Militello He has been executive chef at
Rumi, and cooked at NYC's James Beard House Armed with
those impressive credentials, Fredel and his wife launched
Pilar (named for Hemingways boat) aimingto prove that top
restaurants can be affordable Consider it proven Florlbbean-
style seafood is the specialty fresh hearts of palm slaw and
Caribbean curry sauce, rock shrimp spring rolls with sweet soy
glaze, yellowtail snapper with tomato-herb vinaigrette Forget its
strip-mall location The restaurant itself is elegant $$-$$$

Pizza Roma
19090 NE 29th Ave.
Despite its name, this homey hidden eatery serves not Romes
wood-cooked, crunchy-crusted pizzas but New York-style pies
with medium-thick crusts pliable enough to fold in half for neat
street eating Unlike chains, though, this indie is accommodat-
ing, so if you want your crust thin and crisp just ask Also fea-
tured are Italian-American entrees like baked manicotti that'ss
mani-goat", for those not from NJ) big enough to share, and
sub sandwiches, here called bullets," to put you in a Sopranos
frame of mind $$

The Soup Man
20475 Biscayne Blvd. #G-8, 305-466-9033
The real soup man behind this franchise is Al Yeganeh, an
antisocial Manhattan restaurant proprietor made notorious,
on a Seinfeld episode, as the soup Nazi" On the menu ten
different premium soups each day The selection is carefully
balanced among meat/poultry-based and vegetarian, clear
and creamy (like the eatery's signature shellfish-packed lobster
bisque), chilled and hot, familiar (chicken noodle) and exotic
(mulligatawny) All soups come with gourmet bread, fruit, and
imported chocolate Also available are salads, sandwiches, and
wraps $-$$

Sushi Siam
19575 Biscayne Blvd.
(See Miami / Upper Eastside listing)

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